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fadump: Crash info header is not valid

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP5
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4


On Power10 systems with LMB (Logical Memory Block) size greater than 256MB, and fadump enabled, the console log after a crash displays:
Quiescing Open Firmware ...
Booting Linux via __start() @ 0x00000000092e0000 ...
[    0.101119][    T1] rtas fadump: Crash info header is not valid.

It is also possible that capturing the dump fails with:
open_dump_memory: Can't open the dump memory(/proc/vmcore). No such file or directory 
makedumpfile Failed.


The grub2 package released November/2023 includes the patch:
SLES15 SP5 - grub2-2.06-150500.29.11.1
SLES15 SP4 - grub2-2.06-150400.11.41.1

Alternatively as a workaround:
Set the crashkernel minimum memory reservation equal to the supported LMB size.
For example if LMB size is 4096 MB, reserve at least 4096 MB:
fadump=on crashkernel=4096M

'lsmem' displays the LMB size (Memory block size)


The firmware used to support an LBM size of 256MB.
The latest firmware on Power10 systems now supports LBM sizes of 1024MB and more, so the memory reservation for fadump needs to be adjusted.

Additional Information

For additional details see IBM's Support document "Kernel dump corruption with Firmware-Assisted Dump (FADump)"


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  • Document ID:000021429
  • Creation Date: 16-Apr-2024
  • Modified Date:19-Apr-2024
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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