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Bug 159992 - Add docs detailing which drivers support netconsole
Summary: Add docs detailing which drivers support netconsole
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel
Version: 3.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeff Moyer
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
Blocks: 156320
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-06-09 22:06 UTC by Tim Burke
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:07 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Fixed In Version: RHSA-2005-663
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2005-09-28 15:20:54 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

Attachments (Terms of Use)

System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2005:663 qe-ready SHIPPED_LIVE Important: Updated kernel packages available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Update 6 2005-09-28 04:00:00 UTC

Description Tim Burke 2005-06-09 22:06:10 UTC
From: Jeff Moyer <jmoyer>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 10:57:15 -0400
Subject: [taroon patch] Add docs detailing which drivers support netconsole
Tracking: 0982.jmoyer.netconsole-drvrs-doc.patch
Archives: 2005-May/msg00359.html
Status: committed in -32.5.EL



Currently, our support staff tell customers that they can determine which
adapters support netconsole by doing the following:

  "A simple way to check what drivers have this capability is to install
   the kernel-source package and search the source code in
   /usr/src/kernel-<version> for the definition HAVE_POLL_CONTROLLER."

This is so incredibly poor it hurts.  Here is a patch that will add the
supported driver list to the Documentation/networking directory, which in
turn gets put into the kernel-doc package.

Please ACK.


[updated by petrides on 19-May-2005]

--- linux-2.4.21/Documentation/networking/netconsole.txt.orig
+++ linux-2.4.21/Documentation/networking/netconsole.txt
@@ -0,0 +1,26 @@
+The netconsole module provides 3 pieces of functionality:
+    1) generation of syslog messages which are delivered to a remote syslog
+       server
+    2) generation of netconsole messages which are delivered to a remote
+       netdump server
+    3) a network kernel crash dump facility
+The configuration for the module is specified in the /etc/sysconfig/netdump
+file, which is self-documented.  Once the parameters are specified in that
+provided you have installed the netdump rpm.
+Network drivers must implement a special hook in order to work with
+netconsole.  The following drivers implement this functionality, and thus
+can be used in conjunction with netconsole:
+    3c59x
+    b44
+    e100
+    e1000
+    eepro100
+    pcnet32
+    tg3
+    tlan
+    tulip

Comment 2 Ernie Petrides 2005-06-10 04:11:11 UTC
A fix for this problem was committed to the RHEL3 U6 patch pool
on 26-May-2005 (in kernel version 2.4.21-32.5.EL).

Comment 8 Red Hat Bugzilla 2005-09-28 15:20:55 UTC
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
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