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Re: dumps & shutdown order (was Re: CVS commit: src/sys/arch)

On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:03:42AM +1000, matthew green wrote:
 >    I don't think you should do this.  It makes it unlikely we will ever get
 >    a useful dump of a system which paniced from a filesystem problem.
 > it also means that filesystems won't get a final sync if the
 > dump hangs, which i see occasionally.

I was seeing this more than occasionally for a while. :-/

 > i would prefer the old ordering, or at least a choice.

What I'd like is an easy way to abort a dump that's in progress, like
by hitting spacebar or something. Then there's no need to push the
reset button, and the ordering becomes less important.

Turning dumps off isn't a good solution in general because the value
of a dump depends heavily on what happened leading up to it.

David A. Holland

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