[PATCH 0/11] Merge ramoops and persistent_ram, generic pstore RAMbackend

From: Anton Vorontsov
Date: Fri May 11 2012 - 20:16:35 EST

Hi all,

There are currently two competing debug facilities to store kernel
messages in a persistent storage: a generic pstore and Google's
persistent_ram. Not so long ago (https://lkml.org/lkml/2012/3/8/252),
it was decided that we should fix this situation.

Recently ramoops has switched to pstore, which basically means that
it became a RAM backend for the pstore framework.

persistent_ram+ram_console and ramoops+pstore have almost the same
features, except:

1. Ramoops doesn't support ECC. Having ECC is useful when a hardware
reset was used to bring the machine back to life (i.e. a watchdog
triggered). In such cases, RAM may be somewhat corrupt, but
usually it is restorable.

2. Pstore doesn't support logging kernel messages in run-time, it only
dumps dmesg when kernel oopses/panics. This makes pstore useless for
debugging hangs caused by HW issues or improper use of HW (e.g.
weird device inserted -> driver tried to write a reserved bits ->
SoC hanged. In that case we don't get any messages in the pstore.

These patches solve the first issue, plus move things to their
proper places. Patches that will fix the second issue are pending.


drivers/char/Kconfig | 9 -
drivers/char/Makefile | 1 -
drivers/char/ramoops.c | 362 --------------------
drivers/staging/android/Kconfig | 10 +-
drivers/staging/android/persistent_ram.c | 473 --------------------------
drivers/staging/android/persistent_ram.h | 78 -----
drivers/staging/android/ram_console.c | 2 +-
fs/pstore/Kconfig | 12 +
fs/pstore/Makefile | 1 +
fs/pstore/ram.c | 384 ++++++++++++++++++++++
fs/pstore/ram_core.c | 530 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
include/linux/pstore_ram.h | 99 ++++++
include/linux/ramoops.h | 17 -
13 files changed, 1028 insertions(+), 950 deletions(-)

Anton Vorontsov
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