SMP options and core dump failure
yrao at force10networks.com
Tue Jul 3 01:11:07 UTC 2007
We have a problem with SMP kernel. It could not dump out core when the
I am able to isolate the problem to kernel configurations which have SMP
enabled when used with 2 cpus.
With ONE cpu the core dump works ok.
I built the kernel with GENERIC, and deliberately crash the kernel (for
testing purpose). The core dump works fine.
Only added the "options SMP" and crashed the kernel, then prior to any
pages being dumped out, it hangs there.
Has someone successfully core dumped on a system using SMP kernel with
I tried on two different boxes (different motherboards, CPUs and hard
disks). Both got failed.
I tried to enable the DDB, but don't know what to look for when it goes
into ddb. Appreciate any pointers.
a) The CPU information is
CPU: Dual Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 280 (2405.47-MHz 686-class CPU)
Origin = "AuthenticAMD" Id = 0x20f12 Stepping = 2
Cores per package: 2
b) We also tried on another mother board, which has 2 CPUs. The CPU
information is below.
CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.80GHz (2800.11-MHz 686-class CPU)
Origin = "GenuineIntel" Id = 0xf29 Stepping = 9
real memory = 2147418112 (2047 MB)
avail memory = 2096300032 (1999 MB)
ACPI APIC Table: <A M I OEMAPIC >
FreeBSD/SMP: Multiprocessor System Detected: 2 CPUs cpu0 (BSP): APIC
cpu1 (AP): APIC ID: 6
c) The following are the prints when the dump hung.
mem dump: start address = 0x4352, len=0x30
Fatal trap 12: page fault while in kernel mode
cpuid = 1; apic id = 01
fault virtual address = 0x4352
fault code = supervisor read, page not present
instruction pointer = 0x20:0xc9e9fc92
stack pointer = 0x28:0xebdbdbdc
frame pointer = 0x28:0xebdbdbf8
code segment = base 0x0, limit 0xfffff, type 0x1b
= DPL 0, pres 1, def32 1, gran 1
processor eflags = interrupt enabled, resume, IOPL = 0
current process = 74231 (pnicdbg)
trap number = 12
panic: page fault
cpuid = 1
Dumping 4030 MB (2 chunks)
chunk 0: 1MB (154 pages) ... ok
chunk 1: 4031MB (1031776 pages) (stopped and hung here)
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