cvs commit: src/sys/i386/i386 vm_machdep.c

Kris Kennaway kris at
Wed Dec 15 07:15:27 PST 2004

On Tue, Dec 14, 2004 at 09:48:48PM -0500, John Baldwin wrote:
> On Tuesday 14 December 2004 07:10 pm, Kris Kennaway wrote:
> > On Tue, Dec 14, 2004 at 02:55:00PM -0800, Nate Lawson wrote:
> > > >Erm, well, that's not always easy since sometimes when you panic you
> > > > can't talk to the other CPUs for whatever reason.  Putting back the
> > > > proxy reset doesn't hurt for now but does restore functionality in at
> > > > least some cases.  I'd rather have that then certain hard panics not
> > > > get into ddb because we couldn't get onto the BSP to run ddb.
> > >
> > > Perhaps you could give me some pointers on what is counted on to be
> > > working when panic() is called?  I can't come up with a situation where
> > > the proxy code couldn't be used upon entry to ddb.  If there were any
> > > cases like this, the proxy code wouldn't work for cpu_reset() either.
> > > Also, in such a case, it's hard to see how ddb could be usable since it
> > > tries to stop other processors, which requires similar code to the proxy.
> > >
> > > Or in other words, if you have enough capability to call panic() or
> > > break to ddb, then you have enough resources to do an IPI and get onto
> > > the BSP.
> >
> > NB: DDB often isn't usable on SMP machines thesedays, and will hang
> > when a panic tries to enter it.
> Try debug.kdb.stop_cpus=0 (sysctl and tunable) to prevent KDB from trying to 
> stop the other CPUs.  Another possible fix that ups@ has talked about is 
> changing IPI_STOP to use an NMI rather than a vector (you can send NMI IPIs 
> via the local APIC) so that IPI_STOP is more reliable.

This is already set, and it doesn't always fix the problem.  I often
get overlapping panics from the other CPUs on this machine, and it
often locks up when trying to enter DDB, or while printing the panic
string (the other day it only got as far as 'p' before hanging).

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