Setting up netconsole
Assume we have two computers on the same network.
The machine with a problem (the debugee):
IP address: 192.168.1.1
And a second machine (the debugger):
IP address: 192.168.1.2 MAC address of eth0: 00:11:22:33:44:55
On a different machine than the one you are seeing the problem, you need to run
nc -l -u 6666
This will listen on udp port 6666 for any messages.
On the machine that you're trying to debug a problem, run (as root)
modprobe netconsole firstname.lastname@example.org/eth0,email@example.com/00:11:22:33:44:55
If you replace the IP/MAC addresses with those relevant to your machines/network in the command above, you should see messages appearing on the debugging machine.
For more information on netconsole, see http://www.mjmwired.net/kernel/Documentation/networking/netconsole.txt
You may want to raise the level of printk's that go to the console.
To do this when logged in:
dmesg -n 8
netconsole at boot - client side
Raise the level of console by default logging by adding this line to /etc/sysctl.conf:
# echo 'kernel.printk = 8 4 1 7' >> /etc/sysctl.conf
Add your network info to modprobes of netconsole:
# echo 'options netconsole firstname.lastname@example.org/eth0,email@example.com/00:11:22:33:44:55' >> /etc/modprobe.d/netconsole.conf
Load netconsole at boot time
# echo modprobe netconsole >> /etc/rc.modules # chmod +x /etc/rc.modules
Your netconsole server needs to accept udp on port 6666. This may require a change to your iptables rules.
Comment: does default Fedora rules allow local network connections?