Re: [Linux-ia64] [RFC] Remove MCA dump?

From: David Mosberger <>
Date: 2002-08-22 04:30:15
>>>>> On Wed, 21 Aug 2002 13:38:32 +0100, Matthew Wilcox <> said:

  Matthew> On Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 02:34:42PM +0200, Andreas Schwab
  Matthew> wrote:
  >> Matthew Wilcox <> writes:
  >> |> The MCA handler is completely useless.  If I crash the machine
  >> and |> forget to clear the MCA dump in firmware, at the next boot
  >> Linux dumps |> the registers (in a hard-to-understand style) and
  >> hangs.
  >> I haven't seen such hangs on our machines, except for some old
  >> pre-production systems that lack the necessary hardware support.

  Matthew> I wonder why not.  Here's the code:

  Matthew> void init_handler_platform (struct pt_regs *regs) { /* if a
  Matthew> kernel debugger is available call it here else just dump
  Matthew> the reg isters */

  Matthew>         show_regs(regs); /* dump the state info */ while
  Matthew> (1); /* hang city if no debugger */ }

  Matthew> Maybe it only locks up that specific processor so you
  Matthew> didn't notice you'd lost a processor on an SMP system?

This endless loop happens only in response to an INIT event.  The
boot-time MCA dump does not go through this path.

Received on Wed Aug 21 11:31:56 2002

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