RFC: x86: relocatable kernel changes (revised spec)
H. Peter Anvin
hpa at zytor.com
Mon May 11 01:18:44 EDT 2009
Revised proposal to address Eric's comments. This is intended to
provide full backwards compatibility while at the same time giving us
the future flexibility.
The intent will be to set by default:
kernel_alignment = 16 MB
min_alignment = log2(4K) or log2(2M)
pref_address = 16 MB
The reason to represent min_alignment as a logarithm is that I'm getting
very concerned about the diminishing space that is left without a
fundamental change to the initialized part of the header; specifically,
right now we rely on the signed byte at offset 0x201 to contain the
(additional) size of the header, which means end at 0x281 without a
major format change of some sort.
H. Peter Anvin, Intel Open Source Technology Center
I work for Intel. I don't speak on their behalf.
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