flatmem broken for nommu? [Was: Re: does non-continuous RAM means I need to select the sparse memory model?]

Uwe Kleine-König u.kleine-koenig at pengutronix.de
Thu Dec 1 05:57:18 EST 2011

On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 10:39:10PM -0200, Fabio Estevam wrote:
> Hi Uwe,
> 2011/11/29 Uwe Kleine-König <u.kleine-koenig at pengutronix.de>:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I'm currently working on a new arch port and my current machine has RAM
> > at 0x10000000 and 0x80000000. So there is a big hole between the two
> > banks. When selecting the sparse memory model it works, but when
> > selecting flat the machine runs into a BUG in mark_bootmem() called by
> > free_unused_memmap() to free the space between the two banks.
> My understanding is that you have to select ARCH_HAS_HOLES_MEMORYMODEL.
I think that is not necessary.
> > Is that expected (meaning I cannot use the flat model)? I currently
> > don't have another machine handy that has >1 memory back to test that.
> In case you have access to a MX35PDK you can try on this board as it does have
> the memory hole.
No I havn't, but I just used a 128MB machine and changed that in the
.fixup callback to 64MB + 32MB with a 32MB hole in between and it works

I debugged the problem a bit further and one symptom is that

	struct page *mem_map

is NULL for me. That looks wrong. I guess this is just broken for nommu.
I will dig into that later today.

Best regards

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