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SubjectRe: [linux-usb-devel] Re: [BK PATCH] USB changes for 2.5.34
On Tue, Sep 10, 2002 at 12:03:00PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> In other words, if a user is faced with a dead machine with no other way
> to even know what BUG() triggered than to try to set up a cross debugger,
> just how useful is that BUG()? I claim it is pretty useless - simply
> because 99+% of all people won't even make a bug report in that case,
> they'll just push the reset button and consider Linux unreliable.


I just had an idea: There are the periodic discussions about
dumping the oops-report somewhere where you can log it on the next
boot, right?

Disk drivers may be unreliable etc etc.

Main memory is probably cleared on boot, right? (would have been too
obvious).

I'm pretty sure that my system has 16M of non-cleared memory: The
video RAM. The state of my screen before the crash always shows up
while X is starting.... (I was running a foolishly old 2.4.3-ac3 until
a couple of weeks ago)

Is my system special in that it doesn't clear video RAM? Can we
grab a pointer to video memory when we boot, check a magic
value, if OK, print the oops report from last crash, put in a new
magic value ("No oops report"), and when we crash write in the
crash report with the special magic value?



Roger.

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