Bug 243442 - kdump may not work on x86-64, might need to push the 5.1 kdump kernel in the RT yum repo
Summary: kdump may not work on x86-64, might need to push the 5.1 kdump kernel in the ...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise MRG
Classification: Red Hat
Component: realtime-kernel
Version: 1.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
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Assignee: Guy Streeter
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Depends On: 242648
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Reported: 2007-06-08 18:19 UTC by Tim Burke
Modified: 2016-02-10 01:32 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-06-08 19:34:30 UTC

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Description Tim Burke 2007-06-08 18:19:49 UTC
Bugzilla Bug #242648: kdump broken on x86_64

describes a fix in 5.1 that is needed to get the kdump kernel working on some

in the interests of keeping the set of rhel-rt packages as lean as possible, it
may be necessary to provide the RHEL5.1 (beta?) kdump kernel through the yum
repo for RHEL-RT.

the howto needs to be updated with instructions

Comment 1 Dave Anderson 2007-06-08 18:51:31 UTC
Note that that patch should not be necessary, and in fact won't apply to 
kernel-rt-2.6.21-25.el5rt.  The upstream kernel, and therefore
the -rt kernel, is less restrictive when checking the "crashkernel="
command line argument, just making sure that they're not the same

        if (crashk_res.start != crashk_res.end) {
                        crashk_res.end - crashk_res.start + 1);

whereas the broken, but more restrictive, RHEL5.1 code does this:

        if ((crashk_res.start < crashk_res.end) &&
            (crashk_res.end <= (max_low_pfn << PAGE_SHIFT))) {
                                        crashk_res.end - crashk_res.start + 1);
where the RHEL5.1 patch replaces "max_low_pfn" with "end_pfn" for x86_64.

So if you just leave things as they are, the -rt kernel should load the
secondary (RHEL5.1) kernel OK...   ;-)

Comment 2 Guy Streeter 2007-06-08 19:34:07 UTC
This patch affects the boot kernel (it involves the parsing of the crashkernel=
option), not the kdump kernel. The RHEL5 kernel can be used as a kdump kernel
even with this bug.
The patch which introduced the bug has not been carried into the RT kernel, so
it does not affect the crashkernel= parsing in the RT kernel.

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