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Old 02-24-2012, 07:16 PM
Dave Anderson
 
Default crash version 6.0.4 is available

Download from: http://people.redhat.com/anderson

Changelog:

- Fix to allow the recently-added "mod -g" and "mod -r" options to be
used together. Without the patch, if both options were used, the
command would fail with a "mod: invalid option" error complaining
about one or the other option letter.
(bob.montgomery@hp.com)

- Additional update for 3.1.x and later kernels configured with
CONFIG_SLAB, which have replaced the kmem_cache.nodelists[] array
with a pointer to an outside array. Without the patch, depending
upon a system's cpu configuration and actual cpu count, the crash
session may display "crash: unable to initialize kmem slab cache
subsystem" during invocation, or if it does succeed, "kmem -s" may
generate a segmentation violation.
(bob.montgomery@hp.com, anderson@redhat.com)

- Document the "crash [-h|--help] all" option in the crash.8 man
page and in the "crash [-h|--help]" output.
(anderson@redhat.com)

- Fix the S390/S390X-specific "s390dbf" command's "hex_ascii" debug
data printing routine to prevent the display of non-ASCII characters.
(holzheu@linux.vnet.ibm.com)

- Fix for ARM stack unwinding on 3.2 and later kernels due to commit:
http://git.kernel.org/linus/de66a979012dbc66b1ec0125795a3f79ee667b8a
(rabin@rab.in)

- Implemented a new "search -x <count>" option that displays the
memory contents before and after any found search target. The
before and after memory context will consist of "count" memory items
of the same size as the searched-for value. This option is not
applicable with the -c option.
(zhangyanfei@cn.fujitsu.com)

- Fix for the x86_64 Xen hypervisor "bt" command. Without the patch,
the contents of the RDX register in exception frames incorrectly
shows the contents of the RCX register.
(s.ikarashi@jp.fujitsu.com)

- Implementation of a platform-based vmalloc address translation scheme
for the 32-bit PPC architecture, introducing suppport for the PPC44X
platform while maintaining the current default platform. Related to
that, the PTE translation function used by "vtop" properly handles
platforms that use 64-bit PTEs, and the "mach" command displays the
kernel's "powerpc_base_platform" name string.
(suzuki@in.ibm.com)

- Fix for the usage of native gdb commands where the command output is
redirected to a pipe and then redirected to a file. Without the
patch, a command construct such as:

crash> gdb-command | shell-command > output-file

would cause the embedded gdb module to fail with the error message
"gdb: gdb request failed: gdb-command | shell-command".
(anderson@redhat.com)

- Fix to prevent a crash session that is run over a network connection
that is killed/removed from going into 100% cpu-time loop. The fix
that went into crash-5.0.2 to handle the change in behavior of the
built-in readline() library call does not suffice in cases where
readline() never gets a chance to be called. Accordingly, the crash
session is now initialized with a PR_SET_PDEATHSIG prctl setting,
which will cleanly kill itself upon its parent's death.
(anderson@redhat.com)

- Fix for the support of PPC64 compressed kdumps, a regression that
was introduced in crash-6.0.3 when support for 32-bit PPC compressed
kdumps was implemented. Without the patch, the crash session
fails to initialize, showing this warning message:

WARNING: machine type mismatch:
crash utility: PPC64
vmcore: PPC

followed by the error: "crash: vmcore: not a supported file format".
(anderson@redhat.com)

- Fix for the x86_64 "bt" command to prevent the possible skipping
of the stack frame just above an exception frame that indicates
"[exception RIP: unknown or invalid address]". This highly-unlikely
event could occur if the kernel jumps to a bogus text location and
attempts to execute it, or if the exception occurs in vmalloc space
that was allocated with module_alloc() by a systemtap kprobe-handler,
and therefore has no symbolic reference.
(anderson@redhat.com)


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