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SubjectRe: writing OOPS/panic info to nvram?

On 2002.09.04 Alan Cox wrote:
>On Wed, 2002-09-04 at 15:08, J.A. Magallon wrote:
>> Instead of swap, let user specify a partition to raw dump there. If a user
>> wants crash dumps, he has to leave some small disk space free and give an
>> option like "dump=/dev/hda7".
>With what will you write it - not the linux block layer thats for sure.
>Ingo has patches for doing network dumps which are kind of neat

Ah, ther is no way to write raw blocks at a very low level to disk...??
LKCD at least writes to a floppy, doesn't it.?
Say you just need one block for the dump. Could you get the block location
(H/C/S) on boot and tell the bios to write a chunk there on crash ?

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