[PATCH v5 12/22] xen/balloon: Don't rely on the page granularity is the same for Xen and Linux

Boris Ostrovsky boris.ostrovsky at oracle.com
Fri Oct 2 08:18:58 PDT 2015

On 10/02/2015 10:52 AM, Julien Grall wrote:
> On 02/10/15 15:31, Julien Grall wrote:
>> Hi David,
>> On 02/10/15 15:09, David Vrabel wrote:
>>> On 30/09/15 11:45, Julien Grall wrote:
>>>> For ARM64 guests, Linux is able to support either 64K or 4K page
>>>> granularity. Although, the hypercall interface is always based on 4K
>>>> page granularity.
>>>> With 64K page granularity, a single page will be spread over multiple
>>>> Xen frame.
>>>> To avoid splitting the page into 4K frame, take advantage of the
>>>> extent_order field to directly allocate/free chunk of the Linux page
>>>> size.
>>>> Note that PVMMU is only used for PV guest (which is x86) and the page
>>>> granularity is always 4KB. Some BUILD_BUG_ON has been added to ensure
>>>> that because the code has not been modified.
>>> This causes a BUG() in x86 PV guests when decreasing the reservation.
>>> Xen says:
>>> (XEN) d0v2 Error pfn 0: rd=0 od=32753 caf=8000000000000001
>>> taf=7400000000000001
>>> (XEN) memory.c:250:d0v2 Bad page free for domain 0
>>> And Linux BUGs with:
>>> [   82.032654] kernel BUG at
>>> /anfs/drall/scratch/davidvr/x86/linux/drivers/xen/balloon.c:540!
>>> Which is a non-zero return value from the decrease_reservation hypercall.
>>> The frame_list[] has been incorrectly populated.  The below patch fixes
>>> it for me.  Please test as well.
> FIY, I've just tested with the patch on ARM64 and I haven't see any issue.

I had a quick one-off test and this fixes it on x86. I'll schedule it 
for the overnight run too.


>> Sorry for the breakage, I think I haven't spot the bug on my board
>> because most the PV drivers are allocating one balloon page at the time
>> by default.
>> This patch looks valid to me. i was resetting and incremented for each
>> loop on an early version. Although I dropped it by mistake when I use a
>> different way to decrease the reservation.

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