[Patch 2/2] Kexec/Kdump support - POWER6

Olof Johansson olof at lixom.net
Thu May 24 10:21:33 EDT 2007

On Thu, May 24, 2007 at 05:47:51PM +0530, Mohan Kumar M wrote:
> On Wed, May 23, 2007 at 08:55:00PM +1000, Paul Mackerras wrote:
> > Sachin P. Sant writes:
> > 
> > > On Power machines supporting VRMA, Kexec/Kdump does not work.
> > > Hypervisor stores VRMA mapping used by the OS, in the hpte hash
> > > tables. Make sure these hpte entries are left untouched.
> > 
> > Surely all we need to do is to avoid clearing the VRMA entries.  We
> > can do this by not clearing any HPTE where the top 40 bits of the
> > first dword are 0x4001ffffff (B=1 for a 1TB segment and the
> > 0x0001ffffff special VSID).  In fact we can avoid having to read each
> > entry by doing the H_REMOVEs with H_ANDCOND and the bolted bit when we
> > clear the hash table, and only reading the HPTEs for which the
> > H_REMOVE returns an error.
> So I tried 0x4000000000000000 as AVPN parameter and using that it
> removes all hpte entries other than VRMA(ie non 1TB segment size PTE
> entries).
> Tested on POWER6/POWER5 machines.


As Paul says above, you need to check for failures and compare the VSID
and possibly unhash it anyway in case of non-match. Otherwise if the
kernel ever starts using 1TB segments for regular use, those pages will
never be unhashed. I don't see your code doing that now.


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