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SubjectRe: [RFC] persistent store
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On Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 4:06 PM, Jim Keniston
<jkenisto@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
>> + /* Don't dump oopses to persistent store */
>
> Why not?  In our case, we capture every oops and panic report, but keep
> only the most recent.  Seems like catching the last oops could be useful
> if your system hangs thereafter and can't be made to panic.  I suggest
> you pass along the reason (KMSG_DUMP_OOPS or whatever) and let the
> callback decide.

My thoughts were that Oops were non-fatal and ended up in /var/log/messages,
so this would be unneeded (this bit of code was copied from one of mtdoops
or ramoops - which does almost the same ... they do have an option to
allow the copy - perhaps I should have copied that bit too?).

> You'd have to serialize the oops handling, I guess, in case multiple
> CPUs oops simultaneously.  (Gotta fix that in my code.)
Yup - I need to do this too (I only allocate one buffer).

>> + psinfo->writer(PSTORE_DMESG, pstore_buf, l1_cpy + l2_cpy);
>
> This assumes that you always want to capture the last psinfo->data_size
> bytes of the printk buffer.  Given the small capacity of our NVRAM
> partition, I handle the case where the whole oops report doesn't fit.
> In that case, I sacrifice the end of the oops report to capture the
> beginning.  Patch #3 in my set is about this.

Yes - I assume here that the last "data_size" bytes will be enough
to be useful. But in your case it most likely won't be. You could
lie about how much space you allow and then include some oops
parsing code to get the vital bits out of what is passed to you. Not
pretty - but it would work. If there are many such devices with limited
capacity, then it would make sense to include this parsing code
in this generic layer.

>> + new_pstore->attr.attr.mode = 0444;
>
> /var/log/messages is typically not readable by everybody.  This
> appears to circumvent that.

But "dmesg(8)" typically *does* allow any user to see the most recent
part of the console log - so we are not consistent about this.

-Tony
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