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From: Hari Bathini <hbathini@linux.ibm.com>
To: "Oliver O'Halloran" <oohall@gmail.com>
Cc: Ananth N Mavinakayanahalli <ananth@linux.ibm.com>,
	Mahesh J Salgaonkar <mahesh@linux.ibm.com>,
	Vasant Hegde <hegdevasant@linux.ibm.com>,
	linuxppc-dev <linuxppc-dev@ozlabs.org>,
	Nicholas Piggin <npiggin@gmail.com>,
	Daniel Axtens <dja@axtens.net>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v5 21/31] powernv/fadump: process architected register state data provided by firmware
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:18:50 +0530
Message-ID: <af1c8b69-7340-005e-12b1-5e7228b9ea3a@linux.ibm.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAOSf1CHjV5PM-rYJ_5-XHmZyBNO_H=Nw8X7+HoOZnL+D7pM-sg@mail.gmail.com>



On 09/09/19 9:03 PM, Oliver O'Halloran wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 9, 2019 at 11:23 PM Hari Bathini <hbathini@linux.ibm.com> wrote:
>>
>> On 04/09/19 5:50 PM, Michael Ellerman wrote:
>>> Hari Bathini <hbathini@linux.ibm.com> writes:
>>>
>>
>> [...]
>>
>>>> +/*
>>>> + * CPU state data is provided by f/w. Below are the definitions
>>>> + * provided in HDAT spec. Refer to latest HDAT specification for
>>>> + * any update to this format.
>>>> + */
>>>
>>> How is this meant to work? If HDAT ever changes the format they will
>>> break all existing kernels in the field.
>>>
>>>> +#define HDAT_FADUMP_CPU_DATA_VERSION                1
>>
>> Changes are not expected here. But this is just to cover for such scenario,
>> if that ever happens.
> 
> The HDAT spec doesn't define the SPR numbers for NIA, MSR and the CR.
> As far as I can tell the values you've assumed here are chip-specific,
> non-architected SPR numbers that come from an array buried somewhere
> in the SBE codebase. I don't believe you for a second when you say
> that this will never change.

At least, the understanding is that this numbers not change across processor
generations. If something changes, it is supposed to be handled in SBE. Also,
I am told this numbers would be listed in the HDAT Spec. Not sure if that
happened yet though. Vasant, you have anything to add?

>> Also, I think it is a bit far-fetched to error out if versions mismatch.
>> Warning and proceeding sounds worthier because the changes are usually
>> backward compatible, if and when there are any. Will update accordingly...
> 
> Literally the only reason I didn't drop the CPU DATA parts of the OPAL
> MPIPL series was because I assumed the kernel would do the sensible
> thing and reject or ignore the structure if it did not know how to
> parse the data.

I think, the changes if any, would have to be backward compatible for the sake
of sanity. Even if they are not, we are better off exporting the /proc/vmcore
with a warning and some crazy CPU register data (if parsing goes alright) than
no dump at all? 

- Hari


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Thread overview: 74+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-08-20 12:04 [PATCH v5 00/31] Add FADump support on PowerNV platform Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:04 ` [PATCH v5 01/31] powerpc/fadump: move internal macros/definitions to a new header Hari Bathini
2019-09-03 11:09   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-03 16:05     ` Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:04 ` [PATCH v5 02/31] powerpc/fadump: move internal code to a new file Hari Bathini
2019-09-03 11:09   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-03 16:05     ` Hari Bathini
2019-09-04  9:02       ` Mahesh Jagannath Salgaonkar
2019-09-04 18:26         ` Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:04 ` [PATCH v5 03/31] powerpc/fadump: Improve fadump documentation Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:04 ` [PATCH v5 04/31] pseries/fadump: move rtas specific definitions to platform code Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:04 ` [PATCH v5 05/31] pseries/fadump: introduce callbacks for platform specific operations Hari Bathini
2019-09-03 11:10   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-03 16:06     ` Hari Bathini
2019-09-06  6:39       ` Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:04 ` [PATCH v5 06/31] pseries/fadump: define register/un-register callback functions Hari Bathini
2019-09-03 11:10   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-03 17:15     ` Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:04 ` [PATCH v5 07/31] powerpc/fadump: release all the memory above boot memory size Hari Bathini
2019-09-03 11:10   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-03 16:27     ` Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:05 ` [PATCH v5 08/31] pseries/fadump: move out platform specific support from generic code Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:05 ` [PATCH v5 09/31] powerpc/fadump: use FADump instead of fadump for how it is pronounced Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:05 ` [PATCH v5 10/31] opal: add MPIPL interface definitions Hari Bathini
2019-09-03 11:10   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-03 16:28     ` Hari Bathini
2019-09-04 11:03       ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-04 11:05   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-08-20 12:05 ` [PATCH v5 11/31] powernv/fadump: add fadump support on powernv Hari Bathini
2019-09-03 11:10   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-03 16:31     ` Hari Bathini
2019-09-04 14:33       ` Hari Bathini
2019-09-05  3:11         ` Michael Ellerman
2019-08-20 12:05 ` [PATCH v5 12/31] powernv/fadump: register kernel metadata address with opal Hari Bathini
2019-09-04 11:25   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-08-20 12:05 ` [PATCH v5 13/31] powernv/fadump: reset metadata address during clean up Hari Bathini
2019-08-27 12:00   ` Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:05 ` [PATCH v5 14/31] powernv/fadump: define register/un-register callback functions Hari Bathini
2019-09-05  4:15   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-05  7:23   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-05  9:54     ` Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:05 ` [PATCH v5 15/31] powernv/fadump: support copying multiple kernel boot memory regions Hari Bathini
2019-09-04 11:30   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-04 20:20     ` Hari Bathini
2019-09-05  3:13       ` Michael Ellerman
2019-08-20 12:06 ` [PATCH v5 16/31] powernv/fadump: process the crashdump by exporting it as /proc/vmcore Hari Bathini
2019-09-04 11:42   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-04 21:01     ` Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:06 ` [PATCH v5 17/31] powernv/fadump: Warn before processing partial crashdump Hari Bathini
2019-09-04 11:48   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-08-20 12:06 ` [PATCH v5 18/31] powernv/fadump: handle invalidation of crashdump and re-registraion Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:06 ` [PATCH v5 19/31] powerpc/fadump: Update documentation about OPAL platform support Hari Bathini
2019-09-04 11:51   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-04 12:08     ` Oliver O'Halloran
2019-09-05  3:15       ` Michael Ellerman
2019-08-20 12:06 ` [PATCH v5 20/31] powerpc/fadump: use smaller offset while finding memory for reservation Hari Bathini
2019-09-04 11:54   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-08-20 12:06 ` [PATCH v5 21/31] powernv/fadump: process architected register state data provided by firmware Hari Bathini
2019-09-04 12:20   ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-09 13:23     ` Hari Bathini
2019-09-09 15:33       ` Oliver O'Halloran
2019-09-10  8:48         ` Hari Bathini [this message]
2019-09-10 14:05           ` Michael Ellerman
2019-09-10 16:10             ` Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:06 ` [PATCH v5 22/31] powerpc/fadump: make crash memory ranges array allocation generic Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:06 ` [PATCH v5 23/31] powerpc/fadump: consider reserved ranges while releasing memory Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:07 ` [PATCH v5 24/31] powerpc/fadump: improve how crashed kernel's memory is reserved Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:07 ` [PATCH v5 25/31] powernv/fadump: add support to preserve crash data on FADUMP disabled kernel Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:07 ` [PATCH v5 26/31] powerpc/fadump: update documentation about CONFIG_PRESERVE_FA_DUMP Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:07 ` [PATCH v5 27/31] powernv/opalcore: export /sys/firmware/opal/core for analysing opal crashes Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:07 ` [PATCH v5 28/31] powernv/opalcore: provide an option to invalidate /sys/firmware/opal/core file Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:07 ` [PATCH v5 29/31] powerpc/fadump: consider f/w load area Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:07 ` [PATCH v5 30/31] powernv/fadump: update documentation about option to release opalcore Hari Bathini
2019-08-20 12:07 ` [PATCH v5 31/31] powernv/fadump: support holes in kernel boot memory area Hari Bathini

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