Android 11 adds a new HAL, IDumpstateDevice (version 1.1). This HAL exposes new methods to more tightly scope vendor logs that are included in standard bug reports, as well as to allow user builds to turn vendor logging on and off (the default for user builds is off). This gives OEMs more control over what gets included in particular types of bug reports.
This feature impacts OEMs if they choose to implement this optional HAL. SoCs might be impacted, depending on what the OEM chooses to expose with this HAL. There’s no expected impact to carriers.
What you include in bug reports depends on which information you find relevant for debugging, but generally more verbose is better.
Examples and source
There's a default implementation of the (deprecated) 1.0 version of
IDumpstateDevice that shows an example of using the dumpstate util library:
frameworks/native/cmds/dumpstate/DumpstateUtil.h. There's also a Cuttlefish
implementation of the 1.1 HAL:
The source code is located here:
- The HAL files are under
- The dumpstate native code that controls bug report contents is under
To implement this HAL, implement the
firstname.lastname@example.org::IDumpstateDevice HAL interface. There are many
DumpstateMode values, but not all are likely to be supported by a
single device (for example, WEAR for non-Wear OS devices).
Implementing the dumpstate HAL is optional. All new devices launching with Android 11 MUST implement IDumpstateDevice 1.1 if they implement the Dumpstate HAL. Devices that have already implemented IDumpstateDevice 1.0 prior to Android 11 should be relatively easy to upgrade to 1.1, and doing so is strongly recommended, as it greatly reduces the amount of extraneous private information included in bug reports.
This feature depends on the core dumpstate changes also included with Android
11, located under
Implementing this HAL will likely require some SEPolicy changes to certain system properties, files, etc. to get things fully working, and will require coordination with vendors to dump all relevant information into bug reports.
The device user can toggle vendor logging on or off using developer settings.
When it's turned off,
dumpstateBoard_1_1 may still output minimal essential
information as determined by the OEM. Turning vendor logging off makes
IDumpstateDevice::dumpstateBoard add only essential information to a bug
report, while turning it on includes whatever information the OEM chooses.
You can modify
dumpstate.cpp (which calls the IDumpstateDevice HAL methods),
for example, to increase the timeout given for
dumpstateBoard to complete.
However, the core logic of
dumpstate.cpp should remain unchanged.
Timeouts can be any value, but they shouldn't dramatically increase the time
that a bug report takes to complete. In particular,
DumpstateMode::CONNECTIVITY is highly time sensitive and needs to run as fast
as possible to collect all relevant modem/Wi-Fi/networking logs.
There's a VTS test for the IDumpstateDevice implementation, and there are
functional unit tests for general
The recommended manual test case is