[PATCH] kexec based hibernation: a prototype of kexec multi-stage load

Huang, Ying ying.huang at intel.com
Tue May 13 23:37:55 EDT 2008

On Tue, 2008-05-13 at 22:56 -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > 
> > > Last time I tried the patches (V9) and kexec jump did not work for me. I
> > > was not getting timer interrupts in second kernel. Then I had to put 
> > > LAPIC and IOAPIC in legacy mode and then at one way jump started working.
> > > I am not sure how the next kernel boots for you without putting APICs
> > > in legacy mode. (Yet to make returning back to original kernel work
> > > using V9). 
> > 
> > Can normal kexec (without kexec jump) works without putting LAPIC and
> > IOAPIC in legacy mode? Does this mean we should put LAPIC and IOAPIC
> > into legacy mode before kexec and restore them after?
> > 
> We do put LAPIC and IOAPIC in legacy mode in normal kexec. Look at 
> disable_IO_APIC() in native_machine_shutdown(). So I think we shall
> have to do the same thing in kexec jump code too.

OK. I will look at this.

> I went through above mail thread again where we were discussing what all
> information need to be passed between kernels.
> Last time we enumerated three things.
> - kernel entry/re-entry point for switch between kernels.
> - backup pages map for core filtering
> - Probably ELF core notes for saving hibernated image.
> I think if we just implement the functionality so that one can switch
> back and forth between kernels (no hibernated image saving),then we probably
> need to pass around only kernel entry/re-entry point and nothing else and in
> your patches I think you are already doing using %edi.


> So, IMHO, for first simple implementation, we don't have to pass around
> any data between kernels except entry point. (Please correct me if I am 
> wrong). Lets get that implementation in first and then we can get rest
> of the pieces in place.

Yes. Kernel entry/re-entry point is the only information need to be
communicated between kernels for just switching between them. So we can
focus on kexec jump patch firstly.

Best Regards,
Huang Ying

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