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 10:39:33 EST 2011


On Thu, Dec 01, 2011 at 11:57:18AM +0100, Uwe Kleine-König wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 10:39:10PM -0200, Fabio Estevam wrote:
> > 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.
The problem is that the memory for mem_map is allocated using:

	map = alloc_bootmem_node_nopanic(pgdat, size);

without any error checking. The _nopanic was introduced by commit

	8f389a99 (mm: use alloc_bootmem_node_nopanic() on really needed path)

I don't understand the commit's log and don't really see why it should
be allowed to not panic if the allocation failes here but use a NULL
pointer instead.
I put the people involved in 8f389a99 on Cc, maybe someone can comment?

Apart from that it seems I cannot use flatmem as is on my machine. It
has only 128kiB at 0x10000000 + 1MiB at 0x80000000 and needs 14MiB to hold the
table of "struct page"s. :-(

Best regards

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