Re: [PATCH v1 0/2] mm/kdump: exclude reserved pages in dumps

From: Michal Hocko
Date: Tue Jul 24 2018 - 03:22:43 EST

On Mon 23-07-18 19:12:58, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> On 23.07.2018 13:45, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> > On 07/20/2018 02:34 PM, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> >> Dumping tools (like makedumpfile) right now don't exclude reserved pages.
> >> So reserved pages might be access by dump tools although nobody except
> >> the owner should touch them.
> >
> > Are you sure about that? Or maybe I understand wrong. Maybe it changed
> > recently, but IIRC pages that are backing memmap (struct pages) are also
> > PG_reserved. And you definitely do want those in the dump.
> I proposed a new flag/value to mask pages that are logically offline but
> Michal wanted me to go into this direction.
> While we can special case struct pages in dump tools ("we have to
> read/interpret them either way, so we can also dump them"), it smells
> like my original attempt was cleaner. Michal?

But we do not have many page flags spare and even if we have one or two
this doesn't look like the use for them. So I still think we should try
the PageReserved way.

Michal Hocko