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Error during pstore/ramoops initialization in imx6ull

Question asked by Arthur LAMBERT on Jan 29, 2018
Latest reply on Mar 18, 2019 by Arthur LAMBERT


I am working on a ARM imx6ull board with custom kernel. I have some freeze issue. I would
like to be able to save across reboot the kernel panic log thanks to ramoops feature.
I dont have physical access to the board during the kernel panic. Only way for me to understand
and fix the issue is to save and store the kernel panic log to send the log to a server later

To enable ramoops, I update my kernel config :

[arthur] cat output/build/linux-4.1.15_2.1.07/.config | grep PSTORE



I configure the ramoops platform data in the board config file of the kernel tree :



arthur * 4.1.15_2.0.0_nano] git diff arch/arm
diff --git a/arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-imx6ul.c b/arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-imx6ul.c
index dcabfb1..5b1d74c 100644
--- a/arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-imx6ul.c
+++ b/arch/arm/mach-imx/mach-imx6ul.c
@@ -23,6 +23,22 @@
#include "common.h"
#include "cpuidle.h"
#include "hardware.h"
+#include <linux/pstore_ram.h>
+#include <linux/memblock.h>
+static struct ramoops_platform_data ramoops_data = {
+ .mem_address = 0x80000000,
+ .mem_size = 0x00005000, // 5 Mb ??
+ .record_size = 0x00001000, // 1 Mb
+ .dump_oops = 1,
+static struct platform_device ramoops_dev = {
+ .name = "ramoops",
+ .dev = {
+ .platform_data = &ramoops_data,
+ },

static void __init imx6ul_enet_clk_init(void)
@@ -169,6 +185,15 @@ static inline void imx6ul_enet_init(void)
static void __init imx6ul_init_machine(void)
struct device *parent;
+ int ret;
+ ret = platform_device_register(&ramoops_dev);
+ if (ret) {
+ printk(KERN_ERR "unable to register platform device\n");
+ return;
+ }
+ /* Do I need that ???? */
+ //memblock_reserve(ramoops_data.mem_address, ramoops_data.mem_size);

parent = imx_soc_device_init();
if (parent == NULL)


Then I tried to mount the pstore partition :


# mount -t pstore -o kmsg_bytes=1000 - /sys/fs/pstore
TUTU size : -335633131
------------[ cut here ]------------
WARNING: CPU: 0 PID: 547 at mm/page_alloc.c:2668 __alloc_pages_nodemask+0x19c/0x838()
Modules linked in: bcmdhd
CPU: 0 PID: 547 Comm: mount Not tainted 4.1.15 #27
Hardware name: Freescale i.MX6 Ultralite (Device Tree)
[<800144bc>] (unwind_backtrace) from [<800121ec>] (show_stack+0x10/0x14)
[<800121ec>] (show_stack) from [<80034444>] (warn_slowpath_common+0x80/0xac)
[<80034444>] (warn_slowpath_common) from [<8003450c>] (warn_slowpath_null+0x1c/0x24)
[<8003450c>] (warn_slowpath_null) from [<800a2704>] (__alloc_pages_nodemask+0x19c/0x838)
[<800a2704>] (__alloc_pages_nodemask) from [<800b5a60>] (kmalloc_order+0x10/0x20)
[<800b5a60>] (kmalloc_order) from [<80253fa8>] (persistent_ram_save_old+0x118/0x134)
[<80253fa8>] (persistent_ram_save_old) from [<80253154>] (ramoops_get_next_prz+0x6c/0x78)
[<80253154>] (ramoops_get_next_prz) from [<802531a0>] (ramoops_pstore_read+0x40/0x254)
[<802531a0>] (ramoops_pstore_read) from [<80252990>] (pstore_get_records+0xa8/0x2e0)
[<80252990>] (pstore_get_records) from [<80251da8>] (pstore_fill_super+0xa8/0xbc)
[<80251da8>] (pstore_fill_super) from [<800db540>] (mount_single+0x88/0xac)
[<800db540>] (mount_single) from [<800db5d4>] (mount_fs+0x14/0xa4)
[<800db5d4>] (mount_fs) from [<800f4688>] (vfs_kern_mount+0x48/0x114)
[<800f4688>] (vfs_kern_mount) from [<800f7744>] (do_mount+0x198/0xc28)
[<800f7744>] (do_mount) from [<800f84fc>] (SyS_mount+0x74/0xa0)
[<800f84fc>] (SyS_mount) from [<8000f2a0>] (ret_fast_syscall+0x0/0x3c)
persistent_ram: failed to allocate buffer


In the function persistent_ram_save_old for unknow reason the size is negative. Do I miss
something ? When I try to use other value for ramoops configuration, most of the time my
kernel is not able to boot anymore.