Server Fails to Dump a Kernel Core after NMI Received

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 All Releases
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 All Releases


Trying to capture a kernel core dump using the NMI switch, but it does not crash. The following messages are observed in /var/log/messages and dmesg output:

kern.emerg kernel:  [71431.090192] Uhhuh. NMI received for unknown reason 20 on CPU 0.
kern.emerg kernel:  [71431.090193] Do you have a strange power saving mode enabled?
kern.emerg kernel:  [71431.090194] Dazed and confused, but trying to continue

The NMI kernel parameters were configured as:

# sysctl -a | grep -i nmi
kernel.nmi_watchdog = 0
kernel.panic_on_io_nmi = 0
kernel.panic_on_unrecovered_nmi = 0
kernel.unknown_nmi_panic = 0



Configure the kernel parameters to allow core dump on NMI.

1. Edit /etc/sysctl.conf and add the following parameters:
# vi /etc/sysctl.conf
kernel.panic_on_io_nmi = 1
kernel.panic_on_unrecovered_nmi = 1
kernel.unknown_nmi_panic = 1

2. Reboot the server or run sysctl -p to apply the changes.


The kernel parameters did not allow kernel core dump from NMI.

Additional Information

The NMI received for unknown reason is linked directly to the kernel.unknown_nmi_panic parameter. However, setting the other parameters will allow all NMIs to trigger core dumps. If you only want the unknown NMIs to trigger a core dump, then only set kernel.unknown_nmi_panic = 1 in /etc/sysctl.conf.


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  • Document ID:000020754
  • Creation Date: 09-Sep-2022
  • Modified Date:07-Oct-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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