Re: [Fastboot] IA64 Kdump patch V3

From: Jay Lan <>
Date: 2006-08-30 11:37:59
Jay Lan wrote:
> Jay Lan wrote:
>> Hi Nanhai,
>> There is a problem in sn2. The sn2 does not have any memory with
>> a predictible offset. It is not possible to specify a memory location
>> at boot.
>> I modified the efi_initialize_iomem_resources() routine in
>> arch/ia64/kernel/efi.c to calculate crashk_res.start and .end on the
>> fly and uses the "A" of crashkernel=A@B as size to find a region
>> that fits.
>> Maybe we should separate A and B as two options?
> The "B" part of the crashkernel boot option is meaningless to sn2
> machine and can be very confusing to sn2 users.
>> I now have memory reserved, but kernal hanged when executing 'kexec'
>> command. There must be similar issues in kexec.
> On further debugging, the kexec dumped core instead at this statement:
> +        elf_rel_set_symbol(&info->rhdr, "__boot_param_base",
> +                        &boot_param_base, sizeof(long));
> of elf_ia64_load() in kexec/arch/ia64/kexec-elf-ia64.c.

Well, need a bit of clarification. :) The code hits a die() since
elf_rel_find_symbol() returned -1. The die() routine would do an
exit(1), but i changed die() to force a core dump to examine the

  - jay

> Examing the memory i found "__boot_param_base" indeed not present in
> the symbol table.
> It seems that purgatory/arch/ia64/entry.S does not have a line
> +DECLARE_DATAB(____boot_param_base).
> Is it not needed in other ia64 machines? How does it work in HP
> machines?
> Thanks,
>  - jay
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