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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v1 3/8] kexec: export PG_offline to VMCOREINFO

On 11/19/18 at 11:16am, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> Right now, pages inflated as part of a balloon driver will be dumped
> by dump tools like makedumpfile. While XEN is able to check in the
> crash kernel whether a certain pfn is actuall backed by memory in the
> hypervisor (see xen_oldmem_pfn_is_ram) and optimize this case, dumps of
> other balloon inflated memory will essentially result in zero pages getting
> allocated by the hypervisor and the dump getting filled with this data.
> The allocation and reading of zero pages can directly be avoided if a
> dumping tool could know which pages only contain stale information not to
> be dumped.
> We now have PG_offline which can be (and already is by virtio-balloon)
> used for marking pages as logically offline. Follow up patches will
> make use of this flag also in other balloon implementations.
> Let's export PG_offline via PAGE_OFFLINE_MAPCOUNT_VALUE, so
> makedumpfile can directly skip pages that are logically offline and the
> content therefore stale.
> Please note that this is also helpful for a problem we were seeing under
> Hyper-V: Dumping logically offline memory (pages kept fake offline while
> onlining a section via online_page_callback) would under some condicions
> result in a kernel panic when dumping them.
> Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Dave Young <dyoung@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: "Kirill A. Shutemov" <kirill.shutemov@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Baoquan He <bhe@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Omar Sandoval <osandov@xxxxxx>
> Cc: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@xxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Matthew Wilcox <willy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxxx>
> Cc: "Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Lianbo Jiang <lijiang@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Borislav Petkov <bp@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Kazuhito Hagio <k-hagio@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: David Hildenbrand <david@xxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
>  kernel/crash_core.c | 2 ++
>  1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/kernel/crash_core.c b/kernel/crash_core.c
> index 933cb3e45b98..093c9f917ed0 100644
> --- a/kernel/crash_core.c
> +++ b/kernel/crash_core.c
> @@ -464,6 +464,8 @@ static int __init crash_save_vmcoreinfo_init(void)
> +#define PAGE_OFFLINE_MAPCOUNT_VALUE  (~PG_offline)
>  #endif
>       arch_crash_save_vmcoreinfo();
> -- 
> 2.17.2

Acked-by: Dave Young <dyoung@xxxxxxxxxx>


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