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From: Guenter Roeck <>
To: Muni Sekhar <>
Subject: Re: watchdog: how to enable?
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 08:01:35 -0800
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On 11/15/19 7:03 PM, Muni Sekhar wrote:
[ ... ]
>> Another possibility, of course, might be to enable a hardware watchdog
>> in your system (assuming it supports one). I personally would not trust
>> the NMI watchdog because to detect a system hang, after all, there are
>> situations where even NMIs no longer work.
>>From dmesg , Is it possible to know whether my system supports
> hardware watchdog or not?
> I assume that my system supports the hardware watchdog , then how to
> enable the hardware watchdog to debug the system freeze issues?

Hardware watchdog support really depends on the board type. Most PC
mainboards support a watchdog in the Super-IO chip, but on some it is
not wired correctly. On embedded boards it is often built into the SoC.
The easiest way to see if you have a watchdog would be to check for the
existence of /dev/watchdog. However, on a PC that would most likely
not be there because the necessary module is not auto-loaded.
If you tell us your board type, or better the Super-IO chip on the board,
we might be able to help.

Note though that this won't help to debug the problem. A hardware
watchdog resets the system. It helps to recover, but it is not intended
to help with debugging.


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Thread overview: 14+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-11-16  0:35 Muni Sekhar
2019-11-16  1:04 ` Guenter Roeck
2019-11-16  3:03   ` Muni Sekhar
2019-11-16 16:01     ` Guenter Roeck [this message]
2019-11-16 18:34       ` Muni Sekhar
2019-11-16 21:42         ` Guenter Roeck
2019-11-18  9:52           ` Muni Sekhar
2019-11-18 14:10             ` Guenter Roeck
2019-11-18 15:07               ` Muni Sekhar
2019-11-18 14:38 ` Bjorn Helgaas
2019-11-18 14:41   ` Bjorn Helgaas
2019-11-18 15:09   ` Muni Sekhar
2019-11-22 10:59     ` Guenter Roeck
2019-11-22 12:54       ` Muni Sekhar

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