Re: [PATCH] Provide ways of crashing the kernel through debugfs
From: AmÃrico Wang
Date: Tue Jan 26 2010 - 21:53:32 EST
On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 6:18 PM, Simon Kagstrom
> Hi Americo!
> On Tue, 26 Jan 2010 18:08:28 +0800
> AmÃrico Wang <xiyou.wangcong@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 5:56 PM, Simon Kagstrom
>> <simon.kagstrom@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > For development and testing it's sometimes useful to crash or injure the
>> > kernel in various ways. This patch adds a debugfs interface to provoke
>> > null-pointer dereferences, stack corruption, panics, bugons etc. For
>> > example:
>> > Âmount -t debugfs debugfs /mnt
>> > Âecho 1 > /mnt/provoke-crash/null_dereference
>> > Signed-off-by: Simon Kagstrom <simon.kagstrom@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> > ---
>> > Obviously this feature is for debugging and testing only, and of
>> > interest to fairly few people. I've used it for testing the kmsg_dump
>> > stuff (hence the CC:s above) and kdump, and have found it fairly useful.
>> > If it's not of interest, at least this mail will be in the archives if
>> > someone else needs something like it :-)
>> Hey, we already have /proc/sysrq-trigger, you need to state why
>> it is better than using /proc/sysrq-trigger.
> Well, it provides a few more ways of crashing the kernel. That's
> basically the only additional feature you'll get.
Yeah, I can see that, but why do I need to care how I crash the kernel
as long as I can crash it in a way.
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