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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next v2 0/2] kernel: add support to collect hardware logs in crash recovery kernel
On Tuesday, March 03/27/18, 2018 at 18:47:34 +0530, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Rahul Lakkireddy <rahul.lakkireddy@chelsio.com> writes:
>
> > On Saturday, March 03/24/18, 2018 at 20:50:52 +0530, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> >>
> >> Rahul Lakkireddy <rahul.lakkireddy@chelsio.com> writes:
> >>
> >> > On production servers running variety of workloads over time, kernel
> >> > panic can happen sporadically after days or even months. It is
> >> > important to collect as much debug logs as possible to root cause
> >> > and fix the problem, that may not be easy to reproduce. Snapshot of
> >> > underlying hardware/firmware state (like register dump, firmware
> >> > logs, adapter memory, etc.), at the time of kernel panic will be very
> >> > helpful while debugging the culprit device driver.
> >> >
> >> > This series of patches add new generic framework that enable device
> >> > drivers to collect device specific snapshot of the hardware/firmware
> >> > state of the underlying device in the crash recovery kernel. In crash
> >> > recovery kernel, the collected logs are exposed via /sys/kernel/crashdd/
> >> > directory, which is copied by user space scripts for post-analysis.
> >> >
> >> > A kernel module crashdd is newly added. In crash recovery kernel,
> >> > crashdd exposes /sys/kernel/crashdd/ directory containing device
> >> > specific hardware/firmware logs.
> >>
> >> Have you looked at instead of adding a sysfs file adding the dumps
> >> as additional elf notes in /proc/vmcore?
> >>
> >
> > I see the crash recovery kernel's memory is not present in any of the
> > the PT_LOAD headers. So, makedumpfile is not collecting the dumps
> > that are in crash recovery kernel's memory.
> >
> > Also, are you suggesting exporting the dumps themselves as PT_NOTE
> > instead? I'll look into doing it this way.
>
> Yes. I was suggesting exporting the dumps themselves as PT_NOTE
> in /proc/vmcore. I think that will allow makedumpfile to collect
> your new information without modification.
>

If I export the dumps themselves as PT_NOTE in /proc/vmcore, can the
crash tool work without modification; i.e can crash tool extract these
notes?

Thanks,
Rahul

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