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Subject[tip: x86/misc] x86/reboot: Document how to override DMI platform quirks
The following commit has been merged into the x86/misc branch of tip:

Commit-ID: 12febc181886f0658ce3413f554203c255d338dd
Author: Paul Gortmaker <>
AuthorDate: Sun, 30 May 2021 12:24:46 -04:00
Committer: Thomas Gleixner <>
CommitterDate: Thu, 12 Aug 2021 12:06:58 +02:00

x86/reboot: Document how to override DMI platform quirks

commit 5955633e91bf ("x86/reboot: Skip DMI checks if reboot set by user")
made it so that it's not required to recompile the kernel in order to
bypass broken reboot quirks compiled into an image:

* This variable is used privately to keep track of whether or not
* reboot_type is still set to its default value (i.e., reboot= hasn't
* been set on the command line). This is needed so that we can
* suppress DMI scanning for reboot quirks. Without it, it's
* impossible to override a faulty reboot quirk without recompiling.

However, at the time it was not eally documented outside the source code,
and so this information isn't really available to the average user out

The change is a little white lie and invented "reboot=default" since it is
easy to remember, and documents well. The truth is that any random string
that is *not* a currently accepted string will work.

Since that doesn't document well for non-coders, and since it's unknown
what the future additions might be, lay claim on "default" since that is
exactly what it achieves.

Signed-off-by: Paul Gortmaker <>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>

Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt | 2 +-
Documentation/x86/x86_64/boot-options.rst | 7 +++++++
2 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt b/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
index bdb2200..34c8dd5 100644
--- a/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
+++ b/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
@@ -4777,7 +4777,7 @@

reboot= [KNL]
Format (x86 or x86_64):
- [w[arm] | c[old] | h[ard] | s[oft] | g[pio]] \
+ [w[arm] | c[old] | h[ard] | s[oft] | g[pio]] | d[efault] \
[[,]s[mp]#### \
[[,]b[ios] | a[cpi] | k[bd] | t[riple] | e[fi] | p[ci]] \
diff --git a/Documentation/x86/x86_64/boot-options.rst b/Documentation/x86/x86_64/boot-options.rst
index 482f3b2..ccb7e86 100644
--- a/Documentation/x86/x86_64/boot-options.rst
+++ b/Documentation/x86/x86_64/boot-options.rst
@@ -157,6 +157,13 @@ Rebooting
Don't stop other CPUs on reboot. This can make reboot more reliable
in some cases.

+ reboot=default
+ There are some built-in platform specific "quirks" - you may see:
+ "reboot: <name> series board detected. Selecting <type> for reboots."
+ In the case where you think the quirk is in error (e.g. you have
+ newer BIOS, or newer board) using this option will ignore the built-in
+ quirk table, and use the generic default reboot actions.
Non Executable Mappings

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