Re: [Fastboot] Some PCI devices do not handle kexec reboot nicely

From: Horms <horms_at_verge.net.au>
Date: 2006-12-13 13:58:50
On Mon, Dec 11, 2006 at 04:18:12PM -0800, Jay Lan wrote:
> We found in testing that certain PCI devices don't handle the
> kexec'ed kernel reboot gracefully on IA64 Altix. Some GbE card
> would get into a bad state permanently after one reboot, and
> resulted in MCA on the machines when booting kexec'ed kernel
> thereafter. The MCA was a result of a PIO read to the Expansion
> ROM of the card.  We also saw a USB card issuing stale DMA's
> which was queued up prior to the kexec reboot.
> 
> Do you observe similar problems on other platforms? Are the drivers
> supposed to reset the cards when it re-attach to the card on
> the kexec reboot?

I think that the simple answer to that is yes.
However isn't it the case that this simply isn't possible for some
hardware? There was talk of passing a boot parameter to the second
kernel so it knew it was a second kernel and drivers could take
evasive action as needed. I'm not sure what happened to that idea.

-- 
Horms
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