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SubjectRe: [Patch 1/4][kernel][slimdump] Add new elf-note of type NT_NOCOREDUMP to capture slimdump
On Wed, Oct 05, 2011 at 12:48:44PM +0530, K.Prasad wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 04, 2011 at 10:04:37AM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 01:02:03PM +0530, K.Prasad wrote:
> > > There are certain types of crashes induced by faulty hardware in which
> > > capturing crashing kernel's memory (through kdump) makes no sense (or sometimes
> > > dangerous).
> > >
> > > A case in point, is unrecoverable memory errors (resulting in fatal machine
> > > check exceptions) in which reading from the faulty memory location from the
> > > kexec'ed kernel will cause double fault and system reset (leaving no
> > > information for the user).
> >
> > Prasad,
> >
> > I am just trying to remember what was wrong with Andi's approach of
> > disable MCE while copying the dump?
> >
>
> Hi Vivek,
> The behaviour upon a read operation on an UC memory location is
> undefined and so we want to avoid it (previously discussed here:
> http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/1146799).

> When we disable MCE and copy the dump, we will invariably read the faulty
> memory location.

And how that is worse then not capturing a dump at all? Anyway, you said
that in case of MCE vmcore is of no use and we don't want to capture it.

Thanks
Vivek


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