Re: [PATCH]send slave cpus to SAL slave loop on crash (IA64)

From: Jay Lan <>
Date: 2006-11-21 10:33:25
Zou, Nanhai wrote:
>> We do not rely on machine crash on CPU 0 any more. If the
>> crashing CPU is not cpu 0 and the cpu 0 not being returned to
>> the slave loop, this case is handled by our PROM now.
>> However, if somebody tries to boot up a production kernel using '-le'
>> option _after_ the kexec'ed kernel is up running, the third kernel
>> would not boot unless we boot up the second kernel with cpu 0. I
>> posted a question on "if running 'kexec -le' on a kexec'ed kdump
>> kernel is legal" earlier and Vivek responded saying the scenario
>> is not guranteed to work. So, i think we are fine here.
>   Ok, so with this patch and the PROM fix, on a SN system,
>   1. Kdump -> 2nd kernel works.
>   2. Kdump -> 2nd kernel -> Kexec to third kernel will not work.
>   3. Kexec -> 2nd Kernel -> Kexec -> 3rd kernel works?
>   4. Kexec -> 2nd Kernel -> Kdump -> 3rd kernel works?
>   I think if scenario 1, 3 and 4 works it will be ok. Scenario 2 is not so useful I guess.

With the patch Nanhai sent to me to fix '-l' option on SN system,
now scenario 1, 3 and 4 all works. Of course, you need to include
'crashkernel' parameter in "append" option when you do 'kexec -l'
in order for scenario #4 to work. You do not need crashkernel
parameter for #3 though.

- jay

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