Description of problem:
kdump service takes a few seconds to start even no need to rebuild initramfs, which is a little longer compared to other systemd services, it may affects the system boot time a little, we better optimize it as possible as we can.
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Steps to Reproduce:
kdump service takes a few seconds to start even no need to rebuild initramfs.
The main root cause of this is the use of "lsinitrd".
kdump service starts every boot quickly.
After some tests I found that the list_modules and list_files function in lsinitrd would cause 13%~15% overhead on kdumpctl start with or without rebuilding initramfs.
The point is that, the scripts calling lsinitrd may not need all the information currently given by it. For example, the image built by dracut will not change if list_modules and list_files calls are removed, according to my experiments.
Maybe we need make lsinitrd more customizable, in which condition we can selectively show image information that we want only.
If argument -m(--mod) is not given, the $modules variable controlled by would be set to 0, which leads to list_modules and list_files to be executed, which caused serious overhead:
if [ "$modules" -eq 1 ]; then
echo -n "Arguments: "
$CAT "$image" | cpio --extract --verbose --quiet --to-stdout -- \
$(dracutlibdirs build-parameter.txt) 2>/dev/null
There is a bug in the last patch that will cause some regression, I will append a fix later.
I am running into this issue too. Can someone provide instructions on how to configure kdump to mitigate this?
(In reply to glennduffy from comment #9)
> I am running into this issue too. Can someone provide instructions on how to
> configure kdump to mitigate this?
It's been solved in the latest version(since kexec-tools-2.0.14-10.el7), please update it.
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.
For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.
If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.