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authorPranith Kumar <bobby.prani@gmail.com>2015-10-10 15:40:42 -0400
committerJonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net>2015-10-11 15:41:16 -0600
commit334bb79c18eb8c1a314536b4b347ecab97d25d93 (patch)
tree52582800dc9eb1edc48efc661a810ca44600538c /Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
parent0ea1563bc108408083f2ac6dc38d7b8992e5b819 (diff)
doc: Clarify that nmi_watchdog param is for hardlockups
The kernel NMI watchdog acts as both a hardlockup and softlockup detector. However, the kernel parameter nmi_watchdog can only enable or disable the hardlockup detector. Clarify that in the documentation. Signed-off-by: Pranith Kumar <bobby.prani@gmail.com> Signed-off-by: Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net>
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nmi_watchdog= [KNL,BUGS=X86] Debugging features for SMP kernels
Format: [panic,][nopanic,][num]
Valid num: 0 or 1
- 0 - turn nmi_watchdog off
- 1 - turn nmi_watchdog on
+ 0 - turn hardlockup detector in nmi_watchdog off
+ 1 - turn hardlockup detector in nmi_watchdog on
When panic is specified, panic when an NMI watchdog
timeout occurs (or 'nopanic' to override the opposite
- default).
+ default). To disable both hard and soft lockup detectors,
+ please see 'nowatchdog'.
This is useful when you use a panic=... timeout and
need the box quickly up again.

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