Re: [RFC] autokdump - automated kdump testsuite
From: CAI Qian
Date: Mon Sep 22 2014 - 22:54:44 EST
----- Original Message -----
> From: "Vivek Goyal" <vgoyal@xxxxxxxxxx>
> To: "CAI Qian" <caiqian@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: "ltp-list" sourceforge.net>, "kexec kdump redhat mailing list" <kexec-kdump-list@xxxxxxxxxx>,
> "kexec" <kexec@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "linux-kernel" vger.kernel.org>, "crash-utility"
> Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 10:47:13 PM
> Subject: Re: [RFC] autokdump - automated kdump testsuite
> On Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 09:00:00AM -0400, CAI Qian wrote:
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "Vivek Goyal" <vgoyal@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > > To: "CAI Qian" <caiqian@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > > Cc: "linux-kernel" vger.kernel.org>, "ltp-list"
> > > sourceforge.net>, "crash-utility"
> > > redhat.com>, "kexec" <kexec@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "kexec
> > > kdump redhat mailing list"
> > > <kexec-kdump-list@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > > Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 9:22:36 PM
> > > Subject: Re: [RFC] autokdump - automated kdump testsuite
> > >
> > > On Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 05:52:25AM -0400, CAI Qian wrote:
> > > > I plan to release an automated kdump testsuite that will be
> > >
> > > So will this be a standalone test suit? Can it be merged with
> > > something already existing say, LTP.
> > Yes, it is likely to be standalone. It won't make use of the LTP
> > API, and the LTP kdump test suite is outdated, so there is no
> > benefit to continue working over there.
> So why make it standalone and not replace the old LTP kdump test suite
> with this new one?
It will be totally a rewrite from scratch, and will have no direct relationship
with the rest of the LTP.
> > >
> > > > focus on testing kernel and the crash utility. It should work
> > > > for all major distros since it will use none of distro-specific
> > > > stuff, and also support different arches including x86, ARM,
> > > > PPC64 and s390x.
> > > >
> > > > It does the following:
> > > > 1) check if there is a memory reserved for kdump. If not,
> > > > reserve the memory and reboot the system.
> > > > 2) once the system is back, load kexec on panic and
> > > > prepare a separate initramfs that including needed
> > > > modules to load a local filesystem and necessary utilities
> > >
> > > So you will write logic to prepare custom initramfs or will rely
> > > on dracut or some other utility for that.
> > I'll probably prepare custom initramfs for the sake of simplicity.
> Well, preparing custom initramfs will become very tricky. We used
> to do that and finally we switched to dracut.
> Why not simply let the respective service on the host do this job and
> test only makes sure that kdump service is running. It feels little
> out of place that a test is generating custom initramfs.
Because not every distro will have a kdump service like Fedora.
> > >
> > > > in order to analyse /proc/vmcore in the 2nd kernel.
> > > > 3) trigger the system crash using methods like sysrq-c, NMI,
> > > > and panic_on_hung_task etc.
> > > > 4) in the 2nd kernel, mount a filesystem and use the crash
> > > > utility to analyse /proc/vmcore. Then, gather the analyse
> > > > logs, serial console output, dmesg etc into the filesystem.
> > >
> > > Why not save core and boot back in first kernel and then analyze.
> > >
> > > Trying to work directly with /proc/vmcore does not test makedumfile
> > > which everybody uses. Also it will require more memory to be reserved
> > > and packing crash and debug vmlinux into initramfs.
> > The additional memory for vmlinux and the crash utility is predictable
> > and manageable, so it can just ask 256M memory reserved before running
> > the program. On the other hand, it is not usually feasible to ask
> > the systems under testing has enough available disk spaces bigger than
> > the memory size.
> makedumpfile will reduce the vmcore file size to few hundreds of mega
> bytes on most of the systems. Especially, this is just a test, so
> system will be lightly loaded and vmcore will be small after filtering.
It probably actually have test cases to heavily loaded the memory before
> If there is not enough space, test fails, period. I don't think there
> is any need to try to circumvent that and try to run crash in initramfs.
> And in the process we don't test makedumpfile which is very imporatnt
> component of this whole process.
Test makedumpfile is in plan. Tests failed because of lack of disk space
is a testsuite design problem, and especially problematic on those large
memory systems that we had seen more and more those days.
> IMHO, just rely on "systemctl start kdump" to generate and load custom
> initramfs and save filtered vmcore to root fs by default and alanyze
> vmcore post reboot. That will keep things simple.
Again, not every major distro has that.
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