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SubjectRe: [PATCH] softdog - panic instead of reboot, kernel
Alan Cox <> writes:
>> analysis. Provided that timer interrupts are not blocked, this patch
>> might enable them to get a crash dump in such a situation by activating
>> softdog.
>You want the NMI based anti lockup stuff for that. If the box locks up
>then generally softdog will fail. The NMI based debug
>(CONFIG_DETECT_SOFTLOCKUP) is the option you want.

Thanks for your comment. I'll look into it, but unfortunately, most of
our customers are running much older kernels (e.g. 2.6.9-based from
RHEL4.x) which don't have the option, and some non-negligible number of
them are running on non-IA platforms, whereas right now the option seems
to be implemented only in i386 and x86_64 (correct me if I'm wrong).

Anyways, I'll try to look for a way to manually trigger NMI on their non
-IA boxes, preferably without any additional hardware.


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