Re: [PATCH 0/11] Merge ramoops and persistent_ram, generic pstoreRAM backend
From: Shuah Khan
Date: Mon May 14 2012 - 12:30:23 EST
On Mon, 2012-05-14 at 08:58 -0700, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 05:15:06PM -0700, Anton Vorontsov wrote:
> > 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.
> I've applied the first 7 patches, as they were localized to the
> drivers/staging/android/ directory, but in order for me to apply the
> rest, I need acks from the respective subsystem maintainers.
> pstore developers, what do you say about these changes, are you ok with
Good to see this work get done. Anton beat me to it. :) I have been
talking to pstore developers (Tony Luck) and ramoops maintainers (Kees
Cook) about this re-architecture work since I first floated this idea on
ce-android mailing list. I have been working on this rec-architecture
focusing on the second feature "Pstore doesn't support logging kernel
messages in run-time" and didn't get to ECC even though it is on my
feature list to do bring ramconsole features into ramoops.
Anton! Is it safe to assume you are planning to cover the second feature
as well, in which case I can drop my plans to get this work done.
> greg k-h
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