[PATCH] Add the symbol "phys_base" to vmcoreinfo

Ken'ichi Ohmichi oomichi at mxs.nes.nec.co.jp
Mon Mar 31 07:00:25 EDT 2008

Hi Andrew,

This patch fixes the problem that makedumpfile sometimes fails
on x86_64 machine. I hope that this patch will be merged to both
linux-2.6.25 and linux-

This patch adds the symbol "phys_base" to a vmcoreinfo data.
The vmcoreinfo data has the minimum debugging information only
for dump filtering. makedumpfile (dump filtering command) gets
it to distinguish unnecessary pages, and makedumpfile creates
a small dumpfile.

On x86_64 kernel which compiled with CONFIG_PHYSICAL_START=0x0
and CONFIG_RELOCATABLE=y, makedumpfile fails like the following:

 # makedumpfile -d31 /proc/vmcore dumpfile
 The kernel version is not supported.
 The created dumpfile may be incomplete.
 _exclude_free_page: Can't get next online node.

 makedumpfile Failed.

The cause is the lack of the symbol "phys_base" in a vmcoreinfo
data. If the symbol "phys_base" does not exist, makedumpfile
considers an x86_64 kernel as non relocatable. As the result,
makedumpfile misunderstands the physical address where the kernel
is loaded, and it cannot translate a kernel virtual address to
physical address correctly. To fix this proble, the attached
patch which adds the symbol "phys_base" to a vmcoreinfo data.

Ken'ichi Ohmichi

Signed-off-by: Ken'ichi Ohmichi <oomichi at mxs.nes.nec.co.jp>
diff -rpuN linux-2.6.25-rc7.orig/arch/x86/kernel/machine_kexec_64.c linux-2.6.25-rc7/arch/x86/kernel/machine_kexec_64.c
--- linux-2.6.25-rc7.orig/arch/x86/kernel/machine_kexec_64.c	2008-03-26 14:55:29.000000000 +0900
+++ linux-2.6.25-rc7/arch/x86/kernel/machine_kexec_64.c	2008-03-26 14:52:52.000000000 +0900
@@ -233,6 +233,7 @@ NORET_TYPE void machine_kexec(struct kim
 void arch_crash_save_vmcoreinfo(void)

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