From: Cliff Wickman on

This patch is the same as one sent Jun18 2010. It doesn't seem to
have been noticed.

UV NMI callback's should not write stack dumps when a kdump is to be written.

When invoking the crash kernel to write a dump, kdump_nmi_shootdown_cpus()
uses NMI's to get all the cpu's to save their register context and halt.

But the NMI interrupt handler runs a callback list. This patch sets a flag
to prevent any of those callbacks from interfering with the halt of the cpu.

For UV, which currently has the only callback to which this is relevant, the
uv_handle_nmi() callback should not do dumping of stacks.

The 'in_crash_kexec' flag is defined as an extern in kdebug.h firstly
because x2apic_uv_x.c includes it. Secondly because some future callback
might need the flag to know that it should not enter the debugger.
(Such a scenario was in fact present in the 2.6.32 kernel, SuSE distribution,
where a call to kdb needed to be avoided.)

Diffed against 2.6.35

Signed-off-by: Cliff Wickman <cpw(a)>
arch/x86/include/asm/kdebug.h | 1 +
arch/x86/kernel/apic/x2apic_uv_x.c | 4 ++++
arch/x86/kernel/crash.c | 3 +++
3 files changed, 8 insertions(+)

Index: linux-2.6.35-rc3/arch/x86/kernel/apic/x2apic_uv_x.c
--- linux-2.6.35-rc3.orig/arch/x86/kernel/apic/x2apic_uv_x.c
+++ linux-2.6.35-rc3/arch/x86/kernel/apic/x2apic_uv_x.c
@@ -604,6 +604,10 @@ int uv_handle_nmi(struct notifier_block
if (reason != DIE_NMI_IPI)
return NOTIFY_OK;
+ if (in_crash_kexec)
+ /* do nothing if entering the crash kernel */
+ return NOTIFY_OK;
* Use a lock so only one cpu prints at a time
* to prevent intermixed output.
Index: linux-2.6.35-rc3/arch/x86/kernel/crash.c
--- linux-2.6.35-rc3.orig/arch/x86/kernel/crash.c
+++ linux-2.6.35-rc3/arch/x86/kernel/crash.c
@@ -28,6 +28,8 @@
#include <asm/reboot.h>
#include <asm/virtext.h>

+int in_crash_kexec;
#if defined(CONFIG_SMP) && defined(CONFIG_X86_LOCAL_APIC)

static void kdump_nmi_callback(int cpu, struct die_args *args)
@@ -61,6 +63,7 @@ static void kdump_nmi_callback(int cpu,

static void kdump_nmi_shootdown_cpus(void)
+ in_crash_kexec = 1;

Index: linux-2.6.35-rc3/arch/x86/include/asm/kdebug.h
--- linux-2.6.35-rc3.orig/arch/x86/include/asm/kdebug.h
+++ linux-2.6.35-rc3/arch/x86/include/asm/kdebug.h
@@ -33,5 +33,6 @@ extern void __show_regs(struct pt_regs *
extern void show_regs(struct pt_regs *regs);
extern unsigned long oops_begin(void);
extern void oops_end(unsigned long, struct pt_regs *, int signr);
+extern int in_crash_kexec;

#endif /* _ASM_X86_KDEBUG_H */
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