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SubjectRe: oops pauser.
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Some comments:
1. I think this is a good idea, since serial consoles can also change
timings. I have seen several race conditions where the problem goes
away once I add a serial console.
2. Should this be a separate debugging option?
3. Shouldn't you have KERN____ in your printk statements?
4. Wouldn't printing out the message every second make the oops scroll
off the screen, defeating the purpose of the patch?
Avishay Traeger
http://www.fsl.cs.sunysb.edu/~avishay/

On Wed, 2006-01-04 at 23:52 -0500, Dave Jones wrote:
> In my quest to get better debug data from users in Fedora bug reports,
> I came up with this patch. A majority of users don't have serial
> consoles, so when an oops scrolls off the top of the screen,
> and locks up, they usually end up reporting a 2nd (or later) oops
> that isn't particularly helpful (or worse, some inconsequential
> info like 'sleeping whilst atomic' warnings)
>
> With this patch, if we oops, there's a pause for a two minutes..
> which hopefully gives people enough time to grab a digital camera
> to take a screenshot of the oops.
>
> It has an on-screen timer so the user knows what's going on,
> (and that it's going to come back to life [maybe] after the oops).
>
> The one case this doesn't catch is the problem of oopses whilst
> in X. Previously a non-fatal oops would stall X momentarily,
> and then things continue. Now those cases will lock up completely
> for two minutes. Future patches could add some additional feedback
> during this 'stall' such as the blinky keyboard leds, or periodic speaker beeps.
>
> Signed-off-by: Dave Jones <davej@redhat.com>
>
> --- vanilla/arch/i386/kernel/traps.c 2006-01-02 22:21:10.000000000 -0500
> +++ linux-2.6.15/arch/i386/kernel/traps.c 2006-01-04 23:42:46.000000000 -0500
> @@ -256,6 +271,15 @@ void show_registers(struct pt_regs *regs
> }
> }
> printk("\n");
> + {
> + int i;
> + for (i=120;i>0;i--) {
> + mdelay(1000);
> + touch_nmi_watchdog();
> + printk("Continuing in %d seconds. \r", i);
> + }
> + printk("\n");
> + }
> }
>
> static void handle_BUG(struct pt_regs *regs)
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