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SubjectRe: kexec/kdump for Xen - implementation question
On Wed, Jun 08, 2011 at 06:04:45PM +0200, Daniel Kiper wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 07, 2011 at 11:29:26AM +0100, Ian Campbell wrote:
> > On Mon, 2011-06-06 at 17:04 +0100, Daniel Kiper wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > Currently, I am working on kexec/kdump for Xen with emphasis on dom0
> > > implementation issues. After reviewing relevant Xen Linux Kernel
> > > Ver. 2.6.18 code I realized (as I expected) that original kexec/kdump
> > > in mainline kernel should be extensively amended. Further, after some
> > > discussion with Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk and Ian Campbell it was clear
> > > for me that it could be done in a few diffrent ways. Due to this facts
> > > I decided to establish general implementation details with LKML and
> > > Xen-devel community to avoid extensive code rewrite in case my own
> > > proposal would not be accepted.
> > >
> > > Now I think about four solutions. I will present them in order of my
> > > preference. However, if you have another soultions to that problem
> > > please drop me a line.
> > >
> > > 1) Currently existing kexec/kdump implementation should be amended
> > > by adding Xen specific code mainly in arch/i386. It should look
> > > like:
> > >
> > > void machine_kexec(struct kimage *image)
> > > {
> > > #ifdef CONFIG_XEN
> > > if (xen_initial_domain()) {
> > > ...
> > > Xen specific code
> > > ...
> > > }
> > > #endif
> > >
> > > ...
> > > generic kexec/kdump code
> > > ...
> > > }
> >
> > This is about the ugliest way to do things and should be avoided.
>
> I think that in this case it is to some extent. I decided put
> this solution before struct machine_kexec_ops solution because
> this (let say conditional solution) touches only x86 code (and
> if it be required IA-64). struct machine_kexec_ops proposal
> require changes for 8 archs. I am not sure it could be accepted
> by kexec/kdump and relevant archs maintainers quickly. However,

Slowly is in general how LKML works with patches. Once you have
an idea of how you want the callback/structs be set lets
email the maintainer of the kexec to get his feedback. If he is OK
then I don't think the different arch maintainers will care much
(as long as it has been tested - and that can be done with QEMU).
> I think that struct machine_kexec_ops is better as longterm
> solution.

Sounds like that is the winner then.


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