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Subject[124/152] watchdog: Improve initialisation error message and documentation
2.6.36-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let us know.


From: Ben Hutchings <>

commit 551423748a4eba55f2eb0fc250d757986471f187 upstream.

The error message 'NMI watchdog failed to create perf event...'
does not make it clear that this is a fatal error for the
watchdog. It also currently prints the error value as a
pointer, rather than extracting the error code with PTR_ERR().
Fix that.

Add a note to the description of the 'nowatchdog' kernel
parameter to associate it with this message.

Reported-by: Cesare Leonardi <>
Signed-off-by: Ben Hutchings <>
Cc: Don Zickus <>
Cc: Frederic Weisbecker <>
LKML-Reference: <1294009362.3167.126.camel@localhost>
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt | 2 +-
kernel/watchdog.c | 3 ++-
2 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

--- a/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
+++ b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
@@ -1745,7 +1745,7 @@ and is between 256 and 4096 characters.

nousb [USB] Disable the USB subsystem

- nowatchdog [KNL] Disable the lockup detector.
+ nowatchdog [KNL] Disable the lockup detector (NMI watchdog).

nowb [ARM]

--- a/kernel/watchdog.c
+++ b/kernel/watchdog.c
@@ -377,7 +377,8 @@ static int watchdog_nmi_enable(int cpu)
goto out_save;

- printk(KERN_ERR "NMI watchdog failed to create perf event on cpu%i: %p\n", cpu, event);
+ printk(KERN_ERR "NMI watchdog disabled for cpu%i: unable to create perf event: %ld\n",
+ cpu, PTR_ERR(event));
return -1;

/* success path */

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