Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 738863
[6.3 FEAT] Two Stage Dumper framework - userspace part
Last modified: 2013-01-03 03:40:31 EST
1. Feature Overview:
Feature Id: 
a. Name of Feature: [6.3 FEAT] Two Stage Dumper framework - userspace part
b. Feature Description
With this feature the Linux kdump framework is ported to Linux on System z and is integrated in the already available System z stand-alone dump tools and shutdown actions framework.
This leads to the following enhancements for System z kernel dumps:
??? Dump time and size can be reduced using page filtering with the makedumpfile tool.
??? Dump disk space sharing is possible for server farms using network dump.
??? Dump setup is made easier using existing kdump setup GUIs of Linux distributions.
The integration with the Linux on System z stand-alone dump tools ensures that the dump reliability with kdump will be almost as high as with the current solution.
The kdump support on s390 has the following advantages compared to other architectures:
??? On z/VM diagnose 10 is used to release the reserved crashkernel memory. Real/backed memory is required only for the kdump image and ramdisk. So almost no real memory will be wasted.
??? On System z crashkernel memory is removed from the kernel page tables. Therefore no memory for page tables is wasted.
??? Using the System z stand-alone dump tools, it is still possible to dump early crashes, when kdump is not yet initialized.
2. Feature Details:
Sponsor: LTC zSeries BOE
Architectures: zSeries - 64 native,
Arch Specificity: purely arch specific code
Affects Kernel Modules: No
Delivery Mechanism: Backport
Request Type: Package - Feature from IBM
d. Upstream Acceptance: In Progress
Sponsor Priority P1
f. Severity: high
IBM Confidential: No
Code Contribution: IBM code
g. Component Version Target: ---
3. Business Case
This RAS feature requests the framework to introduce future dump extensions that are required to improve serviceability and enable serviceability for customers that run huge images.
4. Primary contact at Red Hat:
John Jarvis, email@example.com
5. Primary contacts at Partner:
Project Management Contact:
Hans-Georg Markgraf, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hans-Georg Markgraf, email@example.com
------- Comment From firstname.lastname@example.org 2011-10-05 11:30 EDT-------
This feature is part of the following set of related requests that address all components impacted by this functionality
74347 - 738862 [6.3 FEAT] Two Stage Dumper framework - kernel part
74348 - 738863 [6.3 FEAT] Two Stage Dumper framework - userspace part
74349 - 738864 [6.3 FEAT] Two Stage Dumper framework - makedumpfile part
74350 - 738865 [6.3 FEAT] Two Stage Dumper framework - crash part
74352 - 738866 [6.3 FEAT] Two Stage Dumper framework - kexec-tools part
74353 - 738867 [6.3 FEAT] Two Stage Dumper framework - installer
IBM is signed up to test and provide feedback, setting OtherQA.
Created attachment 544542 [details]
------- Comment on attachment From email@example.com 2011-12-09 08:26 EDT-------
Summary: kdump: Add s390-tools kdump support
Description: The following features have been added for s390-tools kdump
- kdump base support:
The lsshut tool prints information when kdump is enabled.
- PSW restart support:
* dumpconf: The dumpconf service now configures the same action
for the restart trigger as for the panic trigger.
* ipl_tools: The lsshut tool now shows the action for the
- zgetdump: vmcoreinfo support
The zgetdump tool now prints UTS name information for dumps
and creates a VMCOREINFO note section for ELF target dump
- zgetdump: makedumpfile kdump format support
The zgetdump tools can now print information on makedumpfile
generated dumps (kdump format) with the --info option.
- zgetdump: kdump failure recovery support
If kdump failed and a stand-alone dump is created afterwards,
with the new zgetdump --select option, the user can choose
between the production system dump and the failed kdump dump.
This BZ is opened for kexec-tools, but it seems that patch you provided is not for kexec-tools. Can you explain it?
------- Comment From firstname.lastname@example.org 2011-12-21 04:50 EDT-------
(In reply to comment #8)
> Hi, IBM,
> This BZ is opened for kexec-tools, but it seems that patch you provided is not
> for kexec-tools. Can you explain it?
The patch covers the s390-tools changes for the s390 kdump port. There is anther bugzilla that provides the kexec-tools patches (TLC bug #74352, Redhat bug #738866).
I knew, but the Component of this BZ is kexec-tools and is assigned to me. :-/ If this is for s390-tools, I think you need to move the Component to s390-tools?
------- Comment From email@example.com 2011-12-21 08:52 EDT-------
(In reply to comment #10)
> I knew, but the Component of this BZ is kexec-tools and is assigned to me. :-/
> If this is for s390-tools, I think you need to move the Component to
I would assume so. The s390-tools maintainer at your side is Dan Horak.
This enhancement request was evaluated by the full Red Hat Enterprise Linux
team for inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux minor release. As a result
of this evaluation, Red Hat has tentatively approved inclusion of this feature
in the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update minor release. While it is a goal
to include this enhancement in the next minor release of Red Hat Enterprise
Linux, the enhancement is not yet committed for inclusion in the next minor
release pending the next phase of actual code integration and successful Red
Hat and partner testing.
------- Comment From firstname.lastname@example.org 2012-06-07 08:00 EDT-------
The userspace part of this feature is verified on R 6.3 snapshots
-> set to verified on IBM site
The feature remain technical preview for R 6.3 per Red Hat decision.
There are four known bugs to be resolved
80231 - RH801344 - Rebuilding kdump image - No such file or directory
- warning message that dump device is not available
- can be ignored, but is very confusing for customers
-> fix available but not included in R 6.3
81412 - RH820474 - kdump service not able to start .. on SCSI device
- kdump cannot be used on SCSI devices - limitation for R 6.3
- fix to be prepared for R 6.4
81294 - RH818645- kexec-tools/mkdumprd: Support line mode terminals
-> Support of line mode terminals to be fixed with R 6.4
xxxxx - RHBZ 825640 - dd: /dev/mem: Operation not permitted
- dd: /dev/mem: Operation not permitted
-> dump over network using ssh gets error - to be fixed with R 6.4
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.
------- Comment From email@example.com 2013-01-03 08:40 EDT-------
Closing this RHEL 6.3 feature with the following conclusion
Two stage dumper alias kdump got shipped with RHEL 6.3 as technical preview and is full supported with RHEL 6.4.
The R 6.4 tracking bugs are
82318 - RH 830272 [6.4 FEAT] Move "Two stage dumper Framework" out of "Tech preview"
For release notes
87053 - RH 881567 [6.4 s390x] Two Stage Dumper framework - Documentation Only [Full Support]