[systemd-devel] [Feature Request] GET before SET watchdog timeout setting on IPMI compatible hardware

Charles_Rose at Dell.com Charles_Rose at Dell.com
Mon Sep 10 23:04:12 PDT 2012


IPMI watchdog hardware on servers can be configured outside the /dev/watchdog interface[1].

It would be beneficial if systemd can first get the current timeout value (WDIOC_GETTIMEOUT), if not
set, only then set it to RuntimeWatchdogSec. This would ensure that timeout values set via other
configuration mechanisms still hold good and the system admin does not have to duplicate the timeout
values in /etc/systemd/system.conf (especially for large number of systems, remotely). See bugzilla
report[2] for details.

If there are other methods to reduce the number of configuration options that the system admin has
to deal with, do share.

[1] http://openipmi.sourceforge.net/IPMI.txt
[2] https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=54712

Charles Rose
Linux Engineering
Dell Inc.

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