ARM64 kexec/kdump timeline

Hanjun Guo hanjun.guo at
Wed May 27 20:22:57 PDT 2015

On 2015年05月27日 17:38, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> On 27 May 2015 at 05:08, Timur Tabi <timur at> wrote:
>> On 05/21/2015 03:15 PM, Geoff Levand wrote:
>>> I feel kexec was ready to merge nine months ago.  Users have only sent
>>> private e-mails like yourself, so there has been no public inquiries,
>>> and so, the arm64 maintainers think kexec is not of interest to users.
>> Does kexec on ARM64 support ACPI?  In some of our initial tests, it appears
>> that the kexec'd kernel won't boot because it's expecting a device tree, and
>> we don't have one.
>> ARM64 servers are supposed to use ACPI instead of a device tree.
> The latest arm64 kexec patches support booting via UEFI, and when
> booting via UEFI, the ACPI root pointer is retrieved from a UEFI
> configuration table if the FDT contains no system description. So ACPI
> support should not depend at all on how kexec is implemented (unless
> your FDT does contain a system description, in which case you should
> pass along the 'acpi=xxx' param that was given to the cold booted
> kernel)

Thanks for the clarify. Geoff also tested kexec on FVP with ACPI
enabled and it works as far as I know.

Timur, can you provide more detailed information then we can debug
into it?


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