2000-07-17 21:33:09

by Matt D. Robinson

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Subject: Re: dump device

On Thu, 6 Jul 2000, Josh Huber wrote:
|>On Tue, Jul 04, 2000 at 09:23:39AM +0200, [email protected] wrote:
|>> > http://www.missioncriticallinux.com/technology/coredump/
|>> This is roughly the concept that we've discussed. I didn't look at their
|>> current implementation, so there may be some differences. (My current
|>This isn't how our current implementation works. Originally, we used a
|>disk-based system that wrote the dump to a swap partition.
|>Currently we're using an in-memory system that saves the dump in a
|>compressed form to memory, reboots the system (using bootimg on Intel), and
|>writes it to disk on boot via a init script.
|>This system is working well -- the only issues we're having is with SMP and
|>video on Intel.

I'd recommend looking at LKCD (Linux Kernel Crash Dumps). We are currently
finishing up the 2.3/2.4 port (which will work on devices that support
kiobufs, and will be a loadable module, and might end up being backported
to 2.2 at this stage). You can get the latest code base from the CVS tree:


... the base SourceForge LKCD effort is found at:


... and the main web page for LKCD is at:


We're also trying to finish up an Alpha port, and we're working on an
IA64 version. If you have any questions about this effort, send me an
E-mail, and I'll be glad to help out.


P.S. I'll try to release a patch in the next couple of days ... it'll
be against 2.3.99-pre9 for now ...