[PATCH v2 3/8] kexec: export PG_offline to VMCOREINFO

David Hildenbrand david at redhat.com
Thu Nov 22 10:06:22 UTC 2018

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. (we export is as a macro to match how it is
done for PG_buddy. This way it is clearer that this is not actually a flag
but only a very specific mapcount value to represent page types).

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 at linux-foundation.org>
Cc: Dave Young <dyoung at redhat.com>
Cc: "Kirill A. Shutemov" <kirill.shutemov at linux.intel.com>
Cc: Baoquan He <bhe at redhat.com>
Cc: Omar Sandoval <osandov at fb.com>
Cc: Arnd Bergmann <arnd at arndb.de>
Cc: Matthew Wilcox <willy at infradead.org>
Cc: Michal Hocko <mhocko at suse.com>
Cc: "Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst at redhat.com>
Cc: Lianbo Jiang <lijiang at redhat.com>
Cc: Borislav Petkov <bp at alien8.de>
Cc: Kazuhito Hagio <k-hagio at ab.jp.nec.com>
Acked-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <mst at redhat.com>
Acked-by: Dave Young <dyoung at redhat.com>
Signed-off-by: David Hildenbrand <david at redhat.com>
 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)

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