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SubjectRe: [PATCH] NMI watchdog config option (was: Re: [PATCH] NMI lockup and AltSysRq-P dumping calltraces on _all_ cpus via NMI IPI)
"Martin J. Bligh" <Martin.Bligh@us.ibm.com> wrote:
>
> > So much has changed in there that we might have fixed it by accident, and I
> > do recall a couple of fundamental and subtle NMI bugs being fixed. So
> > yeah, it might be worth enabling it by default again. Care to send a patch
> > which does that?
>
> There are some unfixable machine issues - for instance, the IBM
> Netfinity 8500R corrupts one of the registers (ebx?) every time we get
> an NMI for us, and panics. Probably other boxes you mention above have
> similar issues? But it's not our code that's at fault ...

That sounds like an instant crash. The problems which were reported a few
years back were different - mysterious lockups after hours or days of
operation.


> In light of this, I don't think it's a good idea to enable NMI by default,
> at least not without a blacklist function of some sort?

OK, thanks - I'll leave things as they stand.
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