When we experience a early boot crash, we are not able to analyze the kernel dump, as user-space wasn't able to load the crash system. The idea is to make the crash system compiled into the host kernel (think of initramfs) so that we can create a kernel dump really early in the boot process.
Goal for the Hackweeks
- Investigate if this is possible and the implications it would have (done in HW21)
- Hack up a PoC (done in HW22 and HW23)
- Prepare RFC series (giving it's only one week, we are entering wishful thinking territory here).
- I was able to include the crash kernel into the kernel Image.
- I'll need to find a way to load that from init/main.c:startkernel() probably after kcsaninit()
- I workaround for a smoke test was to hack kexecfileload systemcall which has two problems:
- My initramfs in the porduction kernel does not have a new enough kexec version, that's not a blocker but where the week ended
- As the crash kernel is part of init.data it will be already stale once I can call kexecfileload from user-space.
The solution is probably to rewrite the POC so that the invocation can be done from init.text (that's my theory) but I'm not sure if I can reuse the kexec infrastructure in the kernel from there, which I rely on heavily.
This project is part of:
Hack Week 21 Hack Week 22 Hack Week 23