Bug 1441677 - Improve kexec / kdump documentation (introduce proper man pages for kexec and kdump and remove how-to's)
Summary: Improve kexec / kdump documentation (introduce proper man pages for kexec and...
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Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kexec-tools
Version: 27
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bhupesh Sharma
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2017-04-12 12:44 UTC by Bhupesh Sharma
Modified: 2018-11-30 23:47 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2018-11-30 23:47:05 UTC
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Description Bhupesh Sharma 2017-04-12 12:44:55 UTC
Description of problem:

Presently it seems that the kdump/kexec documentation is scattered
over several files which is not very intuitive for a user/system admin
installing the kexec-tools rpm on his system.

We have presently the following documentation helpers. I propose to
make the following changes to the overall documentation:

1. kexec-kdump-howto.txt and fadump-howto.txt:

Contains very descriptive information about kdump and kexec, but is
normally not the first place where a user/system admin looks for
information when he installs the kexec-tools.

To deprecate these howto and move the information from here to
respective man pages for kdump, kexec, kdumpctl and kdump.conf

This will avoid duplication of similar information and also ensure
that the user/system admin has the right man pages at his disposal.

2. man page for kdump / kdump service:

One doesn't exist yet for kdump service. The existing one is a placeholder only.

Add a proper man page for kdump (one lines of the man page for dracut)
which links properly to man pages for kdumpctl and kdump.conf (again
see man page for dracut.conf for details).

Move the relevant kdump information from kexec-kdump-howto.txt and
fadump-howto.txt to here.

3. man page for kexec:

Descriptive man page exists.

Move the relevant kexec information from kexec-kdump-howto.txt and
fadump-howto.txt to here.

4. man page for kdumpctl:

Descriptive man page exists.

Link this to man page of kdump or kdump service

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Comment 2 Jan Kurik 2017-08-15 07:34:27 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 27 development cycle.
Changing version to '27'.

Comment 3 Bhupesh Sharma 2018-07-26 10:39:06 UTC
Submitted a patch for fedora kexec-tools today to address the kdump tool which can be seen here: https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/list/kexec@lists.fedoraproject.org/thread/BY6HGRRG7AVUEJZJD2GA7LIA24C4TWO5/

Comment 4 Ben Cotton 2018-11-27 13:30:49 UTC
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Comment 5 Ben Cotton 2018-11-30 23:47:05 UTC
Fedora 27 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2018-11-30. Fedora 27 is
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