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SubjectRe: [PATCH V3] panic: Add sysctl to dump all CPUs backtraces on oops event
On Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:41:16 -0300 "Guilherme G. Piccoli" <gpiccoli@canonical.com> wrote:

> Usually when kernel reach an oops condition, it's a point of no return;
> in case not enough debug information is available in the kernel splat,
> one of the last resorts would be to collect a kernel crash dump and
> analyze it. The problem with this approach is that in order to collect
> the dump, a panic is required (to kexec-load the crash kernel). When
> in an environment of multiple virtual machines, users may prefer to
> try living with the oops, at least until being able to properly
> shutdown their VMs / finish their important tasks.
>
> This patch implements a way to collect a bit more debug details when an
> oops event is reached, by printing all the CPUs backtraces through the
> usage of NMIs (on architectures that support that). The sysctl added
> (and documented) here was called "oops_all_cpu_backtrace", and when
> set will (as the name suggests) dump all CPUs backtraces.
>
> Far from ideal, this may be the last option though for users that for
> some reason cannot panic on oops. Most of times oopses are clear enough
> to indicate the kernel portion that must be investigated, but in virtual
> environments it's possible to observe hypervisor/KVM issues that could
> lead to oopses shown in other guests CPUs (like virtual APIC crashes).
> This patch hence aims to help debug such complex issues without
> resorting to kdump.
>
> ...
>
> --- a/include/linux/kernel.h
> +++ b/include/linux/kernel.h
> @@ -513,6 +513,12 @@ static inline u32 int_sqrt64(u64 x)
> }
> #endif
>
> +#ifdef CONFIG_SMP
> +extern unsigned int sysctl_oops_all_cpu_backtrace;
> +#else
> +#define sysctl_oops_all_cpu_backtrace 0
> +#endif /* CONFIG_SMP */
> +

hm, we have a ton of junk in kernel.h just to communicate between
sysctl.c and a handful of other files. Perhaps one day someone can
move all that into a new sysctl-externs.h.

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