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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3 -mm] kexec jump -v8
On Wed, 2007-12-26 at 20:57 -0500, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > 9. Now, you are in the original kernel again. You can read/write the
> > memory image of kexeced kernel via /proc/kimgcore.
> >
> Why do we need two interfaces, /proc/vmcore and /proc/kimgcore? Can't
> we have just one say /proc/vmcore. Irrespective of what kernel you are
> in /proc/vmcore gives you the access to the memory of kernel which was
> previously booted.

In theory we can kexec another kernel even in a kexeced kernel, that is,
in kernel A kexec kernel B, and in kernel B kexec another kernel C. In
this situation, both /proc/vmcore and /proc/kimgcore has valid contents.
So I think, it may be better to keep two interfaces.

In fact, current kexec jump implementation use a dummy "jump back helper
image" in kexeced kernel to jump back to the original kernel. The "jump
back helper image" has no PT_LOAD segment, it is used to provide a
struct kimage (including control page, swap page) and entry point to
jump back.

Best Regards,
Huang Ying

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