Thursday, 19 November 2015

Re: Enable kernel crash dump collection by default on Xenial

On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 10:05:49AM -0600, Chris J Arges wrote:

> > Currently, when installing the linux-crashdump meta-package in order to enable
> > kernel crash dump collection, the functionality is not enabled by default.

I think that the majority of users installing this package would expect
it to enable the functionality, and they will be supprised if it is not.

> > While a reboot is mandatory to enable the crashkernel= kernel parameter, I would
> > like to suggest to enable the kdump functionality by default when the package is
> > installed.
> >
> > A prompt should be displayed to allow for the user to override the "default =
> > Yes" if needed. This will not be the only user interaction when installing the
> > meta-package, as kexec-tools already prompts for the type of boot.

> +1
> If installing interactively we should get both prompts, and default to:
> - crash dumping enabled
> - don't use kexec to reboot

If there is already a prompt here on install for the "use kexec for reboot"
then I think it would be useful to have a prompt for the kdump side.
I concur with Chris' defaults here.

For me this sounds like a sound change.


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