On 19 September 2016 at 17:05, James Morse <james.mo...@arm.com> wrote:
> On 16/09/16 21:17, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
>> On 16 September 2016 at 17:04, James Morse <james.mo...@arm.com> wrote:
>>> Mark, Ard, how does/will reserved-memory work on an APCI only system?
>>
>> It works by accident, at the moment. We used to ignore both
>> /memreserve/s and the /reserved-memory node, but due to some unrelated
>> refactoring, we ended up honouring the reserved-memory node when
>> booting via UEFI
>
> Okay, so kdump probably shouldn't rely on this behaviour...
>

No, but I would still like to keep /reserved-memory node support for
dynamic ranges, since they are guaranteed not to contain anything
'magic' left behind by the firmware. So if we keep /that/, keeping
static allocation support (with validation, as I proposed in the
series I quoted) is only a small step.

-- 
Ard.

> For an acpi-only system, we could get reserve_crashkernel() to copy the uefi
> memory map into the reserved region, changing the region types for existing
> kernel memory to EfiReservedMemoryType (for example) and fixing up the 
> reserved
> region boundaries.
>
> This second memory map could then be added alongside the real one in the
> DT/chosen, and used in preference the second time we go through uefi_init() in
> the crash kernel.
>
> kexec-tools would still need to keep the '/reserved-memory' node for non-uefi
> systems.
>
> Doing this doesn't depend on userspace, and means the uefi memory map is still
> the one and only true source of memory layout information. If fixing it like
> this is valid I don't think it should block kdump.
>
> ... I will think about this some more before trying to put it together.
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> James

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