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kernelpanicguy 07-28-2003 03:56 PM

kernel automatically restart if there is a panic
I've never actually seen a kernel panic, but I do understand that some sort of message is printed on the screen. What I am wondering is if there is a way to have the function that displays the 'kernel panic' message, call the kernel/BIOS function that does a hard reboot of the computer?

The kernel has a function that tells the BIOS to restart, so that function should still be callable from the kernel panic function, right.

Is there an existing patch for doing this?

cnjohnson 07-28-2003 04:06 PM

Do you think that would be a good idea? How would you intervene to boot from a rescue floppy, or change the command line that lilo or grub feeds to the kernel if you could not stop the cycle?


jailbait 07-28-2003 07:08 PM

Once I stupidly set my initdefault to 6, which means that the first thing that the kernel does after booting is reboot. I watched my machine boot up, shutdown, boot up, shutdown... in a complete panic for several minutes before I powered off and then booted a rescue CD to begin diagnosing the problem.

I think that a kernel panic reboot would create the same sort of loop.

kernelpanicguy 07-29-2003 09:06 PM

A loop would be caused if the kernel panics when it boots up.
I'd be interested in using such a kernel to run servers that I would like to automatically restart if there is a kernel panic once they are running, in order to increase reliability, so that they can be run for a very long time without maintenance from a technician.

I doubt these systems would have a kernel panic while they are booting up, but the solution to that problem would be to a have a special system call that must be called in order to enable this special patch (not restart, but enable restarting in the event of a kernel panic), with this new syscall only being called once the system is up and running and therefore doesn't have memory problems or other issues that can cause a kernel panic while the kernel is loading.

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