[PATCH 1/3] panic: Disable crash_kexec_post_notifiers if kdump is not available

Masami Hiramatsu masami.hiramatsu.pt at hitachi.com
Tue Jul 14 22:16:51 PDT 2015

On 2015/07/15 3:23, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 01:01:12PM -0500, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> Vivek Goyal <vgoyal at redhat.com> writes:
>>> On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 05:29:53PM +0000, dwalker at fifo99.com wrote:
>>> [..]
>>>>>>>> If a machine is failing, there are high chance it can't deliver you the
>>>>>>>> notification. Detecting that failure suing some kind of polling mechanism
>>>>>>>> might be more reliable. And it will make even kdump mechanism more
>>>>>>>> reliable so that it does not have to run panic notifiers after the crash.
>>>>>>> I think what your suggesting is that my company should change how it's hardware works
>>>>>>> and that's not really an option for me. This isn't a simple thing like checking over the
>>>>>>> network if the machine is down or not, this is way more complex hardware design.
>>>>>> That means you are ready to live with an unreliable design. There might be
>>>>>> cases where notifier does not get run properly and you will not do switch
>>>>>> despite the fact that OS has failed. I was just trying to nudge you in
>>>>>> a direction which could be more reliable mechanism.
>>>>> Sigh I see some deep confusion going on here.
>>>>> The panic notifiers are just that panic notifiers.  They have not been
>>>>> nor should they be tied to kexec.   If those notifiers force a switch
>>>>> over of between machines I fail to see why you would care if it was
>>>>> kexec or another panic situation that is forcing that switchover.
>>>> Hidehiro isn't fixing the failover situation on my side, he's fixing register
>>>> information collection when crash_kexec_post_notifiers is used.
>>> Sure. Given that we have created this new parameter, let us fix it so that
>>> we can capture the other cpu register state in crash dump.
>>> I am little disappointed that it was not tested well when this parameter was
>>> introuced. We should have atleast tested it to the extent to see if there
>>> is proper cpu state present for all cpus in the crash dump.
>>> At that point of time it looked like a simple modification
>>> to allow panic notifiers before crash_kexec().
>> Either that or we say no one cares enough, and it known broken so let's
>> just revert the fool thing.
> Masami, you introduced this option. Are you fine with the revert? Is it
> really being used and tested?

Actually, it is tested but under very limited situation. I think we
need a clear acceptance criteria, IOW, we need a testset for kdump
so that we can make things better.
Would you have it? maybe we can push it into kselftest.

>> I honestly can't see how to support panic notifiers, before kexec.
>> There is no way to tell what is being done and all of the pieces
>> including smp_send_stop are known to be buggy.
> we should be able to replace smp_send_stop() with what crash_kexec() is
> doing to stop the machine? If yes, then it should be fine I guess. This
> parameter description clearly says that specify it at your own risk. So
> we are not issuing a big support statement for successful kdump after
> panic notifiers. If it is something fixable, otherwise user needs
> to deal with it.

Agreed (as I've sent in other replay).

Thank you,

Linux Technology Research Center, System Productivity Research Dept.
Center for Technology Innovation - Systems Engineering
Hitachi, Ltd., Research & Development Group
E-mail: masami.hiramatsu.pt at hitachi.com

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