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authorMichael Holzheu <holzheu@linux.vnet.ibm.com>2013-09-11 14:24:49 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2013-09-11 15:59:10 -0700
commitbe8a8d069e508d4408125e2b1471f549e7813d25 (patch)
treed69d792fdefbaebc9346f7c3bad36ee4383ef659 /include
parent80c74f6a40284c5c5d49f3b3289172bbce0b30b8 (diff)
downloadlinux-linaro-stable-be8a8d069e508d4408125e2b1471f549e7813d25.tar.gz
vmcore: introduce ELF header in new memory feature
For s390 we want to use /proc/vmcore for our SCSI stand-alone dump (zfcpdump). We have support where the first HSA_SIZE bytes are saved into a hypervisor owned memory area (HSA) before the kdump kernel is booted. When the kdump kernel starts, it is restricted to use only HSA_SIZE bytes. The advantages of this mechanism are: * No crashkernel memory has to be defined in the old kernel. * Early boot problems (before kexec_load has been done) can be dumped * Non-Linux systems can be dumped. We modify the s390 copy_oldmem_page() function to read from the HSA memory if memory below HSA_SIZE bytes is requested. Since we cannot use the kexec tool to load the kernel in this scenario, we have to build the ELF header in the 2nd (kdump/new) kernel. So with the following patch set we would like to introduce the new function that the ELF header for /proc/vmcore can be created in the 2nd kernel memory. The following steps are done during zfcpdump execution: 1. Production system crashes 2. User boots a SCSI disk that has been prepared with the zfcpdump tool 3. Hypervisor saves CPU state of boot CPU and HSA_SIZE bytes of memory into HSA 4. Boot loader loads kernel into low memory area 5. Kernel boots and uses only HSA_SIZE bytes of memory 6. Kernel saves registers of non-boot CPUs 7. Kernel does memory detection for dump memory map 8. Kernel creates ELF header for /proc/vmcore 9. /proc/vmcore uses this header for initialization 10. The zfcpdump user space reads /proc/vmcore to write dump to SCSI disk - copy_oldmem_page() copies from HSA for memory below HSA_SIZE - copy_oldmem_page() copies from real memory for memory above HSA_SIZE Currently for s390 we create the ELF core header in the 2nd kernel with a small trick. We relocate the addresses in the ELF header in a way that for the /proc/vmcore code it seems to be in the 1st kernel (old) memory and the read_from_oldmem() returns the correct data. This allows the /proc/vmcore code to use the ELF header in the 2nd kernel. This patch: Exchange the old mechanism with the new and much cleaner function call override feature that now offcially allows to create the ELF core header in the 2nd kernel. To use the new feature the following function have to be defined by the architecture backend code to read from new memory: * elfcorehdr_alloc: Allocate ELF header * elfcorehdr_free: Free the memory of the ELF header * elfcorehdr_read: Read from ELF header * elfcorehdr_read_notes: Read from ELF notes Signed-off-by: Michael Holzheu <holzheu@linux.vnet.ibm.com> Acked-by: Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com> Cc: HATAYAMA Daisuke <d.hatayama@jp.fujitsu.com> Cc: Jan Willeke <willeke@de.ibm.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Diffstat (limited to 'include')
-rw-r--r--include/linux/crash_dump.h6
1 files changed, 6 insertions, 0 deletions
diff --git a/include/linux/crash_dump.h b/include/linux/crash_dump.h
index 37e4f8da7cdf..6571f828e313 100644
--- a/include/linux/crash_dump.h
+++ b/include/linux/crash_dump.h
@@ -12,6 +12,12 @@
extern unsigned long long elfcorehdr_addr;
extern unsigned long long elfcorehdr_size;
+extern int __weak elfcorehdr_alloc(unsigned long long *addr,
+ unsigned long long *size);
+extern void __weak elfcorehdr_free(unsigned long long addr);
+extern ssize_t __weak elfcorehdr_read(char *buf, size_t count, u64 *ppos);
+extern ssize_t __weak elfcorehdr_read_notes(char *buf, size_t count, u64 *ppos);
+
extern ssize_t copy_oldmem_page(unsigned long, char *, size_t,
unsigned long, int);