Re: [Fastboot] Re: Query: Kdump: Core Image ELF Format

From: Vivek Goyal
Date: Thu Mar 10 2005 - 00:07:13 EST

On Wed, 2005-03-09 at 07:17 -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > On Tue, 2005-03-08 at 11:00 -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> > That sounds good. But we loose the advantage of doing limited debugging
> > with gdb. Crash (or other analysis tools) will still take considerable
> > amount of time before before they are fully ready and tested.
> >
> > How about giving user the flexibility to choose. What I mean is
> > introducing a command line option in kexec-tools to choose between ELF32
> > and ELF64 headers. For the users who are not using PAE systems, they can
> > very well go with ELF32 headers and do the debugging using gdb.
> >
> > This also requires, setting the kernel virtual addresses while preparing
> > the headers. KVA for linearly mapped region is known in advance and can
> > be filled at header creation time and gdb can directly operate upon this
> > region.
> I have no problems decorating the ELF header you are generating
> in user space with virtual addresses assuming we can reliably
> get that information. And before a kernel crashes looks like a reasonable
> time to ask that question. I don't currently see where you could
> derive that information.

I want to fill the virtual addresses of linearly mapped region. That is
physical addresses from 0 to MAXMEM (896 MB) are mapped by kernel at
virtual addresses PAGE_OFFSET to (PAGE_OFFSET + MAXMEM). Values of
PAGE_OFFSET and MAXMEM are already known and hard-coded.

I think I used the terminology kernel virtual address and that is adding
to the confusion. Kernel virtual addresses are not necessarily linearly
mapped. What I meant was kernel logical addresses whose associated
physical addresses differ only by a constant offset.

> Beyond that I prefer a little command line tool that will do the
> ELF64 to ELF32 conversion and possibly add in the kva mapping to
> make the core dump usable with gdb. Doing it in a separate tool
> means it is the developer who is doing the analysis who cares
> not the user who is capturing the system core dump.
> But I do agree that it a use case worth solving.
> Eric

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