Re: [PATCH] kexec for 2.5.51....

From: Eric W. Biederman (
Date: Sat Dec 14 2002 - 14:37:27 EST

Ed Tomlinson <> writes:

> Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> > Linus,
> >
> > My apologies for not resending this earlier I've been terribly
> > busy with other things..
> >
> > No changes are included since the last time I sent this except
> > the diff now patches cleanly onto 2.5.51. If there is some problem
> > holler and I will see about fixing it.
> >
> > When I bypass the BIOS in booting clients my only current failure
> > report is on an IBM NUMAQ and that almost worked.
> I applied this to a 2.5.51 kernel with usb and fbcon updated via bk pulls.
> Then after rebooting into the new kernel I tried
> kexec -l /vmlinux.25 --append="console=tty0 console=ttyS0,38400
> video=matrox:mem:32 idebus=33 profile=1"
> kexec -ed
> This rebooted but hangs at:
> drivers/usb/host/uhci-hcd.c: USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver v2.0

Hurray! a bug report :)

> One other datum. Without the --append line a kernel booted with kexec hangs
> when
> tring to mount the real root - it cannot find the device.

I suspect you want to specify --append="root=/dev/xyz" when calling kexec.

> Am I using kexec correctly? What else can I try? Is there any debug
> info I can gather?

Generally you want to put kexec -e your shutdown scripts just before
the call to reboot. And then you can just say: kexec ...
and the you get a clean system shutdown. Dropping to run level 1
before calling kexec tends to get most of the user space shutdown
called as well. It is definitely a good idea to be certain X is
shutdown before calling kexec.

With respect to USB it is quite possible something in the USB drivers
does not shutdown correctly on a reboot, and the driver then has trouble
reinitializing the device.

Since you got to the point of mounting root earlier when you did not
specify anything I wonder if you some of your command line arguments
made the situation worse.

Which kernel are you booting with kexec anyway?

This is actually an expected failure mode, but one I have not seen
much of yet. The new kernel not coming up because the old drivers
left the hardware in a state the new drivers cannot handle.


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