[PATCH] ARM: kexec: offline non panic CPUs on Kdump panic

Stephen Warren swarren at wwwdotorg.org
Thu Aug 1 12:25:55 EDT 2013

On 08/01/2013 07:49 AM, Vijay Kilari wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 10:44 PM, Stephen Warren <swarren at wwwdotorg.org> wrote:
>> On 07/31/2013 05:37 AM, Vijay Kilari wrote:
>>> On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:29 PM, Stephen Warren <swarren at wwwdotorg.org> wrote:
>>>> On 07/30/2013 04:37 AM, Vijay Kilari wrote:
>>>>> On Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM, Stephen Warren <swarren at wwwdotorg.org> wrote:
>>>> ...
>>>>>> Does a kernel that's used as the crash kernel guarantee:
>>>>>> * Never to re-use the memory that was used by the previous kernel, so
>>>>>> that the spin loop code/data won't be corrupted, ever, no matter how
>>>>>> long the crash recovery kernel runs.
>>>>>> * Not use SMP, so there's never a need to re-activate the non-boot CPUs,
>>>>>> which might not work if they aren't truly disabled but rather just
>>>>>> running a pin loop?
>>>>> From cat /proc/iomem, normal kernel is executed from (0x80xxxxxx) with crash
>>>>> kernel reserved 64M at 0xa0000000
>>>>> 80000000-bfffffff : System RAM
>>>>>   80008000-805aeddf : Kernel code
>>>>>   805e2000-8063e427 : Kernel data
>>>>>   a0000000-a3ffffff : Crash kernel
>>>>> crash kernel is loaded to reserved memory location and is executed from there.
>>>>> I could confirm this from /proc/iomem when crash kernel is running
>>>>> a0000000-a3efffff : System RAM
>>>>>   a0008000-a05aeddf : Kernel code
>>>>>   a05e2000-a063e427 : Kernel data
>>>> OK, but in the crash dump kernel, is 80008000..8063e427 reserved as
>>>> well, which would guarantee that the spin loop being executed by the
>>>> non-crash CPUs won't be corrupted?
>>> The crash dump kernel runs from reserved memory area (0xa0000000 - 0xa3effffff).
>>>  So it should not corrupt the memory area of original kernel that was running
>>>  at 0x80000000,where other CPU's are in spin loop.
>> What about dynamic allocations?
> IMHO, it is the kdump functionality to ensure that it won't corrupt
> original kernel's dynamic allocations

OK, if there are explicit measure to assure this already, then there's
no issue.

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