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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 00/20] RAS daemon v3
Hi Boris,

Em 04-11-2010 11:36, Borislav Petkov escreveu:
> From: Borislav Petkov <borislav.petkov@amd.com>
>
> Hi all,
>
> I finally had some time to work on this thing again. This time it can
> parse the MCE tracepoint and should be conceptually almost done. What
> needs to be done now is fleshing out a bunch of details here and there.
> I'm sending it early so that I can collect some more feedback.
>
> So the patchset is ontop of 2.6.36 + Steven's trace_cmd restructuring
> set from
>
> git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/rostedt/linux-2.6-trace.git tip/perf/parse-events
>
> I'm adding his patches too here, for completeness (although they need
> some more work).

I tried to apply your patches here, but they didn't apply. i suspect that Steven
added some patches there at the meantime, as two patches on your series are already
on his tree. IMO, the better would be if you could create a temporary tree or branch
to allow us to better view it.

> I've also cherry-picked the bunch of EDAC's MCE injection stuff for
> testing.
>
> So, in the end of the day, if you do
>
> echo 0x9c00410000010016 > /sys/devices/system/edac/mce/status
>
> (0x9c.. is the MCE signature of a data cache L2 TLB multimatch, for
> example)

This example looks quite ugly to me. I doubt anyone without a datasheet and after a
very careful inspection would know what 0x9c00410000010016 magic number means. I
suspect that writing a wrong magic number will also produce a completely undesired
result. So, the better it to keep the MCE code internally to the driver.
Also, writing a magic number to a node named as "status" seems weird to me.

IMO, instead, it should be something like:

echo 1 >/sys/devices/system/edac/mce/error_inject

>
> echo 0 > /sys/devices/system/edac/mce/bank
>
> (0 means bank 0, i.e. data cache errors)
>
> after having loaded the mce_amd_inj injection testing module, the RAS
> daemon get's the status signature in userspace:
>
> ...
> DBG main: Read some mmapped data
> DBG main: MCE status: 0x9c00410000010016
>
> All of the remaining fields can be postprocessed in arbitrary manner
> after that. The MCE decoding in the kernel can then be simplified by
> sharing it with the daemon, if needed. But that's another story.
>


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