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       kdump-config - configure kdump, check status, or save a vmcore file


       kdump-config { help | test | show | status | load | unload | savecore |
             propagate | symlinks {kernel-version} }


       kdump-config manages the kdump feature of the  Linux  kernel.   When  a
       kdump  enabled  kernel panics, it immediately boots into a clean kernel
       called the kdump kernel.  The memory image of the panicked kernel  will
       be  presented  in  /proc/vmcore  while  the  kdump  kernel (or "capture
       kernel") is running.

       kdump-config loads the kdump kernel into the current kernel and after a
       kdump,  captures  the  vmcore image via kdump kernel.  kdump-config can
       take advantage of the linux-image-$(uname -r)-dbg package and will  try
       to  use makedumpfile to capture the vmcore.  The crash tool can then be
       used to analyze the vmcore at a later time.

       kdump-config exits with 0 on success and 1 on failure.


       help   Print a usage summary.

       test   Determine the parameters that would be used to  load  the  kdump
              kernel, but do not load the kdump kernel.  Useful for evaluating
              your configuration settings.

       show   Show current parameters and the saved  kexec  command  from  the
              last kdump-config load.

       status Evaluate            /sys/kernel/kexec_crash_loaded            or
              /sys/kernel/fadump_register depending on the dump mode and print
              a corresponding message.

       load   Load  the  kdump  kernel  or register if using firmware assisted
              dump (fadump)

       unload Unload the kdump kernel or unregister if using firmware assisted
              dump (fadump)

              If /proc/vmcore exists, save it using makedumpfile.

              Sends public ssh key to remote host for passwordless connection

       symlinks {kernel-version}
              Verify and create vmlinuz and initrd.img links in /var/lib/kdump
              according  to  the  provided  kernel  version.  If  the   target
              initrd.img file is absent, it will create it.


                      init  script  to  automatically  load a kdump kernel, or
                      save a vmcore and reboot.

                      configuration file

                      a link to the current debug kernel

                      the last kexec_cmd executed by kdump-config

                      Symbolic link pointing to the  current  kernel  file  in

                      Symbolic  link  pointing to the initrd.img file with the
                      current kernel version in /boot


       USE_KDUMP is not set or zero
              The variable USE_KDUMP in the file /etc/default/kdump-tools
               is 0.  To use kdump, edit the file and change the value to 1.

       kdump is not supported by this kernel
              The file /sys/kernel/kexec_crash_loaded does  not  exist.   This
              means   that   the  currently  running  kernel  either  was  not
              configured to support kdump, or that a crashkernel=  commandline
              parameter was not used when the currently running kernel booted.

       no crashkernel= parameter in the kernel cmdline
              a  crashkernel=  commandline  parameter  was  not  used when the
              currently running  kernel  booted.   You  will  need  to  add  a
              crashkernel=  parameter  to your /etc/lilo.conf, /etc/elilo.conf
              or grub /boot/grub/menu.lst file and reboot, before  kdump  will
              work.  See installed READMEs for suggestions.

       KDUMP_KERNEL does not exist: $KDUMP_KERNEL
              A KDUMP_KERNEL was specified in /etc/default/kdump-tools, but it
              cannot be found.

       KDUMP_INITRD does not exist: $KDUMP_INITRD
              A KDUMP_INITRD was specified in /etc/default/kdump-tools, but it
              cannot be found.

       can't find a kdump package directory in /usr/lib
              no kdump kernel could be found.

       found a linux-kdump package in $KDUMP_PKG_DIR
       but can't find a kdump kernel in $KDUMP_PKG_DIR
              this indicates a broken linux-kdump package installation.

       no kdump initrd image: $KDUMP_INITRD
       an initrd will not be used
              this  indicates  that  although  a  kdump  kernel  was  found, a
              corresponding initrd was not found.

       kdump kernel relocation address does not match crashkernel= parameter
              For non-relocatable architectures,  the  kdump  kernel  must  be
              built   with   a  predetermined  start  address.   This  message
              indicates that the start address of the  kdump  kernel  and  the
              start address in the crashkernel= parameter do not match.

       failed to load kdump kernel
              kexec reported that it could not load the kdump kernel.

       failed to unload kdump kernel
              kexec  reported  that it could not unload the kdump kernel.  Run
              'kexec -u' directly for more detail.

       makedumpfile failed, falling back to 'cp'
              this message is printed if the kdump-tools init script  attempts
              to  save  a  /proc/vmcore  file  using makedumpfile and the save

       failed to save vmcore in $KDUMP_STAMPDIR
              this message indicates that makedumpfile and the fallback method
              of  using  cp  has failed.  This usually occurs if pathnames are
              wrong or if the disk is full.

       Invalid argument : missing kernel version
              The symlinks command was used with a kernel version that is  not
              installed on this server

       Invalid symlink : {symbolic link}
              The  listed  symbolic  link is absent, broken or pointing to the
              wrong version

       Cannot change symbolic links when kdump is loaded
              The defined symbolic links are already in use. You  must  unload
              kdump before using the symlinks command

       Unable to locate kernel hook
              The  kdump-tools  script responsible for the creation of smaller
              initrd.img files is absent from /usr/kernel/postinst.d

       Invalid kernel version : {kernel version}
              The kernel version given to the symlinks command does not exist

       fadump is not configured in this kernel.
              The Firmware Assisted Dump (fadump) facility is not available on
              this platform

       SSH and NFS cannot be defined concurrently
              Both variables are defined in /etc/default/kdump-tools. You must
              choose one or the other as configuration option.

       Unable to mount remote NFS directory {directory}. Cannot save core
              The remote NFS server does not authorize this  server  to  mount
              the directory to save the crash dump.

       Unable  to  write  to the remote NFS directory {directory}. Cannot save
              The remote NFS directory can be mounted but this  server  cannot
              write files to it.

       makedumpfile --dump-dmesg failed. dmesg content will be unavailable
              The  command  to capture the content of the dmesg buffer failed.
              It will not be available in the crash directory

       Unable to reach remote server {server}. No reason to continue
              kdump-tools is configured for remote dump but the remote  server
              cannot be reached.

       makedumpfile scp failed. The vmcore file will not be available
              The  makedumpfile  command was successful but the resulting file
              could not be copied over SSH to the remote server.

       Remote ssh dump is not configured. No reason to propagate"
              The propagate command was used but kdump is not  configured  for
              remote dump.


       kdump-tools(5), kexec(8), crash(8), gdb(1), makedumpfile(8)


       Written  by  Terry  Loftin  <>  and  Louis  Bouchard