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SubjectRe: sleep before boot panic

> >>>I just switched to libata (pata) on my laptop and the
> >>>immediate panic made it impossible to figure out why
> >>>my boot partition wasn't available.
> >>>After applying this little patch I could check boot
> >>>printk output and then saw everything was properly
> >>>recognized and only scsi-disk support was missing.
> >>The correct fix would be to make scroll back (and
> >>sysrq) still work
> >>after panic. It's a little more complicated, but
> >>possible (essentially
> >>it needs a polled keyboard handler)
> >
> >Customer: "This system could not find the root fs."
> >Support: "Oh, yeah, just connect a (USB-) keyboard and
> >scroll back."
> >
> >Hmm, device detection works after panic?
> >
> >I really like the "soft" panic better, where you still
> >can operate the kernel debugging features, but just
> >have no user space supporting it.

ACK. 'scheduling in interrupt' is very different from 'cant mount

> Of course, if we'd been using kinit, "soft panic" would
> have been done exclusively in userspace...

What's the status of kinit, btw?
(cesky, pictures)

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