[PATCH 0/7] Remove unused /dev/oldmem interface

Zhang Yanfei zhangyanfei.yes at gmail.com
Fri May 24 23:21:52 EDT 2013

/dev/oldmem provides the interface for us to access the "old memory" in
the dump-capture kernel. Unfortunately, no one actually uses this interface.

And this interface could actually cause some real problems if used on ia64
where the cached/uncached accesses are mixed. See the discussion from
the link: https://lkml.org/lkml/2013/4/12/386.

So Eric suggested that we should remove /dev/oldmem as an unused piece of

Besides, we used a global variable saved_max_pfn to let the capture kernel
know the amount of memory that the previous kernel used. And for almost all
architectures (except x86. In x86, saved_max_pfn is used by detect_calgary()),
the only user of this variable is the read_oldmem interface of /dev/oldmem, so
also remove the setting for saved_max_pfn in those architectures.

Zhang Yanfei (7):
  /dev/oldmem: Remove this interface
  Documentation/devices.txt: Remove /dev/oldmem description
  Documentation/kdump/kdump.txt: Remove /dev/oldmem description
  mips: Remove savemaxmem parameter setup
  powerpc: Remove savemaxmem parameter setup
  ia64: Remove setting for saved_max_pfn
  s390: Remove setting for saved_max_pfn

 Documentation/devices.txt        |    2 -
 Documentation/kdump/kdump.txt    |   31 +++++--------------------
 arch/ia64/kernel/efi.c           |    5 ----
 arch/mips/kernel/crash_dump.c    |   10 --------
 arch/powerpc/kernel/crash_dump.c |   10 --------
 arch/s390/kernel/setup.c         |    4 ---
 drivers/char/mem.c               |   47 --------------------------------------
 7 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 103 deletions(-)

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