[PATCH] crash_dump: arm: crash dump kernel should use strict pfn_valid

Wang Nan wangnan0 at huawei.com
Thu May 15 00:30:58 PDT 2014

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On 2014/5/15 15:14, Wang Nan wrote:
> This patch makes crash dump kernel use arch pfn_valid defined in
> arch/arm/mm/init.c instead of the one in include/linux/mmzone.h.
> The goal of this patch is to remove some limitation when kexec loading
> crash kernel while SPARSEMEM is enabled.
> Before this patch, if second kernel selects both CRASH_DUMP and
> SPARSEMEM, the second kernel will recongnize memorys at the same section
> with itself as valid memory, and prevents ioremap (see arm ioremap code,
> arm doesn't allow valid memory to be ioremapped again). Which introduces
> some limitations on positioning the crash kernel. For example:
>   For a platform with SECTION_SIZE_BITS == 28 (256MiB) and
>   crashkernel=128M at 0x28000000 in kernel cmdline, the second
>   kernel is loaded at 0x28000000. Kexec puts elfcorehdr at
>   0x2ff00000, and passes 'elfcorehdr=0x2ff00000 mem=130048K' to
>   second kernel. When second kernel start, it tries to use
>   ioremap to retrive its elfcorehrd. In this case, elfcodehdr is at the
>   same section of the second kernel, pfn_valid will recongnize
>   the page as valid, so ioremap will refuse to map it.
> Even if we put crash kernel at the boundary of two sections (such as
> 129MB at 0x0x28000000 in the above situation), 0x20000000-0x28000000 used
> by old kernel is still unable to retrived by crash kernel because they
> are at the same section.
> This patch makes crash dump kernel use strict (and slow) version of
> pfn_valid(), which makes crash kernel recongnize memory correctly.
> Signed-off-by: Wang Nan <wangnan0 at huawei.com>
> Cc: Geng Hui <hui.geng at huawei.com>
> Cc: Mika Westerberg <ext-mika.1.westerberg at nokia.com>
> Cc: Simon Horman <horms at verge.net.au>
> ---
>  arch/arm/Kconfig | 2 +-
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/arch/arm/Kconfig b/arch/arm/Kconfig
> index db3c541..795b1d4 100644
> --- a/arch/arm/Kconfig
> +++ b/arch/arm/Kconfig
> @@ -1800,7 +1800,7 @@ config ARCH_SELECT_MEMORY_MODEL
>  config HIGHMEM
>  	bool "High Memory Support"

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