[PATCH] efi/arm64: efistub: don't abort if base of DRAM is occupied
mark.rutland at arm.com
Tue Jul 15 04:05:55 PDT 2014
On Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 11:02:22AM +0100, Leif Lindholm wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 02:40:48PM -0400, Mark Salter wrote:
> > On Mon, 2014-07-14 at 17:25 +0200, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> > > If we fail to relocate the kernel Image to its preferred offset of TEXT_OFFSET
> > > bytes above the base of DRAM, accept the lowest alternative mapping available
> > > instead of aborting. We may lose a bit of memory at the low end, but we can
> > > still proceed normally otherwise.
> > This breaks APM Mustang because the spin-table holding pen for secondary
> > CPUs is marked as reserved memory in the TEXT_OFFSET area and the kernel
> > placement using your patch makes it unreachable by kernel. Here is a
> > patch I've been working with to solve the same problem:
> Hmm. The thing I don't like about the below approach is that it hard
> wires in the "memory below TEXT_OFFSET cannot be used" aspect, beyond
> the current prectical limitation.
> Since we are likely to see platforms with UEFI memory in use around
> start of RAM, that is a limitation we should probably try to get rid of.
This isn't just an issue for UEFI. There are other reasons one might
want to load a kernel away from the start of RAM while still wanting to
address said RAM(e.g. kdump).
We should address that.
> > @@ -273,6 +282,10 @@ static void __init free_boot_services(void)
> > continue;
> > }
> > + /* Don't free anything below kernel */
> > + if (md->phys_addr < PHYS_OFFSET)
> > + continue;
> > +
> Is the spin table area really allocated as BOOT_SERVICES_*?
If that is the case, this platform is _broken_. The spin-table memory
(both the code and the mailboxes) needs to live around forever in case
you don't boot all of the secondaries.
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