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Date:   Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:47:20 -0800
From:   Jakub Kicinski <>
To:     Coiby Xu <>
        Jesse Brandeburg <>,
        Tony Nguyen <>,
        "David S. Miller" <>,
        open list <>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 4/4] i40e: don't open i40iw client for kdump

On Thu, 25 Feb 2021 08:21:01 +0800 Coiby Xu wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 08:48:41AM -0800, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> >On Wed, 24 Feb 2021 19:41:41 +0800 Coiby Xu wrote:  
> >> I'm not sure if I understand you correctly. Do you mean we shouldn't
> >> disable i40iw for kdump?  
> >
> >Forgive my ignorance - are the kdump kernels separate builds?
> AFAIK we don't build a kernel exclusively for kdump. 
> >If they are it'd be better to leave the choice of enabling RDMA
> >to the user - through appropriate Kconfig options.
> i40iw is usually built as a loadable module. So if we want to leave the
> choce of enabling RDMA to the user, we could exclude this driver when
> building the initramfs for kdump, for example, dracut provides the 
> omit_drivers option for this purpose. 
> On the other hand, the users expect "crashkernel=auto" to work out of
> the box. So i40iw defeats this purpose. 
> I'll discuss with my Red Hat team and the Intel team about whether RDMA
> is needed for kdump. Thanks for bringing up this issue!

Great, talking to experts here at FB it seems that building a cut-down
kernel for kdump is easier than chasing all the drivers to react to
is_kdump_kernel(). But if you guys need it and Intel is fine with 
the change I won't complain.

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