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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kdump: force page alignment for per-CPU crash notes.
On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 05:23:10PM -0800, Eugene Surovegin wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 5:18 PM, Simon Horman <horms@verge.net.au> wrote:
>
> > On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 09:21:23AM -0800, Eugene Surovegin wrote:
> > > Per-CPU allocations are not guaranteed to be physically contiguous.
> > > However, kdump kernel and user-space code assumes that per-CPU
> > > memory, used for saving CPU registers on crash, is.
> > > This can cause corrupted /proc/vmcore in some cases - the main
> > > symptom being huge ELF note section.
> > >
> > > Force page alignment for note_buf_t to ensure that this assumption holds.
> >
> > Ouch. I'm surprised there is an allocation on crash, perhaps
> > it could at least be done earlier? And am I right in thinking
> > that this change increases the likely hood that the allocation
> > could fail?
> >
>
> I'm not following. This allocation is done on start-up, not on crash.
> If you cannot allocate this much memory on system boot, I'm not sure what
> else you can do on this system....

Sorry, my eyes deceived me. You are correct and I agree.

Is it the case that note_buf_t is never larger than PAGE_SIZE?
If so I your patch looks good to me.


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