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System fails to generate a kernel crashdump and drops into bash shell after triggering kdump

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (ppc64le)


After installation of SLES 12 GMC on the ppc64le architecture, an attempt to trigger a kernel crashdump gives the following result:

tux:~ # echo c > /proc/sysrq-trigger
SysRq : Trigger a crash
Oops: Kernel access of bad area, sig: 11 [#1]
SMP NR_CPUS=2048 NUMA pSeries
Modules linked in: af_packet ibmveth(X) rtc_generic dm_mod xfs libcrc32c sd_mod crc_t10dif ibmvscsi(X)... 
Supported: Yes
CPU: 2 PID: 22414 Comm: bash Tainted: G              X 3.12.28-4-default #1
task: c0000003baf5b430 ti: c0000003bcf2c000 task.ti: c0000003bcf2c000
NIP: c0000000004a3634 LR: c0000000004a46d0 CTR: c0000000004a3600
REGS: c0000003bcf2f9c0 TRAP: 0300   Tainted: G              X  (3.12.28-4-default)
MSR: 8000000000009033 <SF,EE,ME,IR,DR,RI,LE>  CR: 42424422  XER: 00000000
CFAR: 00003fff82b40b6c DAR: 0000000000000000 DSISR: 42000000 SOFTE: 0
GPR00: c0000000004a46d0 c0000003bcf2fc40 c000000000e6e538 0000000000000063
GPR04: c000000001385b68 c000000001396340 0a72696767657220 00000000000000c3
GPR08: c000000000a1e538 0000000000000001 0000000000000000 c000000000710860
GPR12: c0000000004a3600 c000000007b81200 00000000100e0cd4 0000000000000000
GPR16: 0000000000000000 0000000000000000 0000000000000000 0000010030508210
GPR20: 00000000100b1ac0 00000000100e4d78 00000000100e4010 0000000000000000
GPR24: 0000000000000001 0000000000000000 0000000000000001 c000000000de1340
GPR28: c00000000121e190 0000000000000063 c000000000daf25c c000000000de1700
NIP [c0000000004a3634] sysrq_handle_crash+0x34/0x50
LR [c0000000004a46d0] __handle_sysrq+0x100/0x260
Call Trace:
[c0000003bcf2fc40] [0000000000000063] 0x63 (unreliable)
[c0000003bcf2fc60] [c0000000004a46d0] __handle_sysrq+0x100/0x260
[c0000003bcf2fd10] [c0000000004a4e78] write_sysrq_trigger+0x78/0xa0
[c0000003bcf2fd40] [c000000000310860] proc_reg_write+0xb0/0x110
[c0000003bcf2fd90] [c000000000284d5c] vfs_write+0xec/0x250
[c0000003bcf2fde0] [c000000000285a9c] SyS_write+0x6c/0xf0
[c0000003bcf2fe30] [c00000000000a17c] syscall_exit+0x0/0x7c
Instruction dump:
3842af38 7c0802a6 f8010010 f821ffe1 60000000 60000000 3d220020 3949a1b0
39200001 912a0000 7c0004ac 39400000 <992a0000> 38210020 e8010010 7c0803a6
---[ end trace 686660ce76bb97d7 ]---

Sending IPI to other CPUs
IPI complete
I'm in purgatory
 -> smp_release_cpus()
spinning_secondaries = 0
 <- smp_release_cpus()
 <- setup_system()
SUSE Linux
#1 SMP Thu Sep 2no ibm,pcie-link-speed-stats property
opal_async_comp_init: Opal node not found
nvram: Failed to find partition of-config, err 0
[FAILED] Failed to mount /sysroot.
See "systemctl status sysroot.mount" for details.
[DEPEND] Dependency failed for Initrd Root File System.
[DEPEND] Dependency failed for Reload Configuration from the Real Root.

Generating "/run/initramfs/rdsosreport.txt"

Entering emergency mode. Exit the shell to continue.
Type "journalctl" to view system logs.
You might want to save "/run/initramfs/rdsosreport.txt" to a USB stick or /boot
after mounting them and attach it to a bug report.



This is a known issue that affects only the ppc64le architecture, and SUSE is working on a fix that will be published as soon as available.

However, in the meantime, it is possible to work around this issue by using the following command:

 #makedumpfile -c -d 31 /proc/vmcore /KDUMP_DIRECTORY

Where "/KDUMP_DIRECTORY" is to be replaced with the directory where the kernel crashdump will be saved.


This is due to a regression that has been introduced between RC3 and GMC.

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  • Document ID:7015824
  • Creation Date: 23-Oct-2014
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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