Re: [Patch 1/4][kernel][slimdump] Add new elf-note of typeNT_NOCOREDUMP to capture slimdump

From: Vivek Goyal
Date: Wed Oct 05 2011 - 11:40:35 EST

On Wed, Oct 05, 2011 at 01:11:16PM +0530, K.Prasad wrote:

> > Again, note_name and desc_msg seem to be only two exports. Frankly desc
> > string seems pretty obivious and we should be able to ignore it. So just
> > exporting PANIC_MCE=true or something like that in case of MCE.
> >
> Yes, adding a new field to the VMCOREINFO note would have been much
> simpler but there's a second part to the kdump + fatal MCE problem which
> will need a new elf-note to solve.
> On a system containing 'poisoned' pages (generated as a result of
> detecting UC errors which haven't been 'consumed'), if a software bug results
> in crashing the machine, the ensuing kdump operation will read from the
> faulty memory location. This will trigger a new crash within the context
> of the kexec'ed kernel and we want to avoid this.

I think in other mail you mentioned that it is not known what happens
if we try to read pages marked as "poisoned".

> The plan is to pass-down the list of poisoned memory pages to the second
> kernel using an elf-note so that these pages are left untouched during
> dump capture. I'm working on an implementation of the same and should
> have patches soon.

I would say let us first figure out what happens while reading a poisoned
page and is this a problem before working on a solution.

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