Kdump issue with percpu_alloc=lpage
vgoyal at redhat.com
Tue Oct 27 15:24:14 EDT 2009
On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 02:16:21PM -0500, John Blackwood wrote:
> > Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > > > In kdump, we allocate per cpu area using alloc_percpu() and later
> > > > export the physical address of the area allocated to user space
> > > > sysfs. (/sys/devices/system/cpu/cpuN/crash_notes). kexec-tools
> user space
> > > > utility makes use of this physical address to store in some ELF
> > > > which in turn are used by the second kernel booted after crash.
> > > >
> > > > We assume that address returned by per_cpu_ptr() is unity mapped and
> > > > use __pa() to convert that address to physical address.
> > > >
> > > > addr = __pa(per_cpu_ptr(crash_notes, cpunum));
> > > >
> > > > Is that not a valid assumption with percpu_alloc=lpage or
> > > > options? If not, what's the right way to get the physical address in
> > > > such situations?
> > The lpage allocator is gone in the latest tree and only "embed" and
> > "page" allocators are there. The only difference between the two is
> > that the embed one will put the first chunk inside the linearly mapped
> > area which in turn means that __pa() would work on static percpu
> > variables and some of dynamic ones but from the second chunk on and
> > for the page allocator, the percpu addresses will be remapped into
> > vmalloc area and behaves just like any other vmalloc address meaning
> > that the physical page can be determined using vmalloc_to_page(). So,
> > something like the following should work,
> > v = per_cpu_ptr(crash_notes, cpunum);
> > if (v < VMALLOC_START || v >= VMALLOC_END)
> > p = __pa(v);
> > else
> > p = page_to_phys(vmalloc_to_page(v));
> > For the now removed lpage, it would be a bit difficult and we'll
> > probably need to add a dedicated function to percpu to determine the
> > physical address. Hmmm... probably the right thing to do is to add
> > such function so that the user can simply call percpu_to_phys()
> > regardless of address?
> Hi Tejun,
> Just my 2 cent's worth...
> I like the idea of having a percpu_to_phys() function that others can
> call so that such detail are localized... and this also would tend to
> be maintained better over time, since it would be more visible being
> located near where the percpu support is implmented.
> Thank you for the information.
Thanks Tejun. percpu_to_phys() makes sense to me also. John, would you like to
post a patch for this.
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