[PATCH 1/2] arm64: Add enable/disable d-cache support for purgatory

Pratyush Anand panand at redhat.com
Wed Dec 14 04:13:30 PST 2016

Hi James,

Thanks for your input !!

On Wednesday 14 December 2016 04:46 PM, James Morse wrote:
> Hi Pratyush,
> On 14/12/16 10:12, Pratyush Anand wrote:
>> > On Wednesday 14 December 2016 03:08 PM, Pratyush Anand wrote:
>>>> >>> I would go as far as to generate the page tables at 'kexec -l' time,
>>>> >>> and only if
>>> >>
>>> >> Ok..So you mean that I create a new section which will have page table
>>> >> entries mapping physicalmemory represented by remaining section, and
>>> >> then purgatory can just enable mmu with page table from that section,
>>> >> right? Seems doable. can do that.
>> >
>> > I see a problem here. If we create  page table as a new segment then, how can we
>> > verify in purgatory that sha for page table is correct? We need page table
>> > before sha verification start,and we can not rely the page table created by
>> > first kernel until it's sha is verified. So a chicken-egg problem.
> There is more than one of those! What happens if your sha256 calculation code is
> corrupted? You have to run it before you know. The same goes for all the
> purgatory code.

OK, seems reasonable... will do it in kexec code.

> This is why I think its better to do this in the kernel before we exit to
> purgatory, but obviously that doesn't work for kdump.
>> > I think, creating page table will just take fraction of second and should be
>> > good even in purgatory, What do you say?
> If it's for kdump its best-effort. I think its easier/simpler to generate and
> debug them at 'kexec -l' time, but if you're worried about the increased area
> that could be corrupted then do it in purgatory.


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