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-Where: /dev/pstore/...
-Date: March 2011
-Kernel Version: 2.6.39
-Contact: tony.luck@intel.com
-Description: Generic interface to platform dependent persistent storage.
-
- Platforms that provide a mechanism to preserve some data
- across system reboots can register with this driver to
- provide a generic interface to show records captured in
- the dying moments. In the case of a panic the last part
- of the console log is captured, but other interesting
- data can also be saved.
-
- # mount -t pstore -o kmsg_bytes=8000 - /dev/pstore
-
- $ ls -l /dev/pstore
- total 0
- -r--r--r-- 1 root root 7896 Nov 30 15:38 dmesg-erst-1
-
- Different users of this interface will result in different
- filename prefixes. Currently two are defined:
-
- "dmesg" - saved console log
- "mce" - architecture dependent data from fatal h/w error
-
- Once the information in a file has been read, removing
- the file will signal to the underlying persistent storage
- device that it can reclaim the space for later re-use.
-
- $ rm /dev/pstore/dmesg-erst-1
-
- The expectation is that all files in /dev/pstore
- will be saved elsewhere and erased from persistent store
- soon after boot to free up space ready for the next
- catastrophe.
-
- The 'kmsg_bytes' mount option changes the target amount of
- data saved on each oops/panic. Pstore saves (possibly
- multiple) files based on the record size of the underlying
- persistent storage until at least this amount is reached.
- Default is 10 Kbytes.
-
- Pstore only supports one backend at a time. If multiple
- backends are available, the preferred backend may be
- set by passing the pstore.backend= argument to the kernel at
- boot time.
-