On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 5:05 PM, Schmauss, Erik <erik.schma...@intel.com> wrote:
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: linux-acpi-ow...@vger.kernel.org [mailto:linux-acpi-
>> ow...@vger.kernel.org] On Behalf Of Dan Williams
>> Sent: Monday, April 16, 2018 4:22 PM
>> To: Schmauss, Erik <erik.schma...@intel.com>
>> Cc: Rafael J. Wysocki <r...@rjwysocki.net>; Linux ACPI <linux-
>> a...@vger.kernel.org>; Moore, Robert <robert.mo...@intel.com>; linux-
>> nvdimm <linux-nvdimm@lists.01.org>; Qemu Developers <qemu-
>> de...@nongnu.org>
>> Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 5/7] ACPICA: Integrate package handling with module-
>> level code
>>
>> On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 4:15 PM, Schmauss, Erik <erik.schma...@intel.com>
>> wrote:
>> > [ trimming ]
>> >> >> Rafael, we may want to hold back on the module-level code changes
>> >> >> (the patches below) for rc1. Between this and the strange _TSS
>> >> >> issue, it seems like there are a few more things to resolve before
>> >> >> this is ready for kernel upstream.
>> >> >
>> > Hi Rafael,
>> >
>> >> > It looks like you are asking me to queue up reverts as per the
>> >> > Dan's report, is that correct?
>> >
>> > This is indeed what I meant last week. However, I've looked into the
>> > issue and Dan's qemu instance had AML that we no longer support. This
>> > is because the ACPICA commit makes changes to the execution of AML
>> > during table load to match windows AML interpreter behavior so this commit
>> also got rid of support for executing code containing forward references 
>> (except
>> for package elements).
>> >
>> > I've suggested a fix for the firmware in a separate email. So I would
>> > say that this issue is resolved after if Dan can run his test successfully 
>> > with the
>> adjusted firmware.
>> >
>> > If Dan's test is successful, we don’t need to revert these changes
>>
>
> Hi Dan,
>
>> I'm concerned about other qemu-kvm users that do not upgrade their hypervisor
>> at the same pace as their guest kernel. Especially for cloud providers that 
>> may
>> be running latest mainline kernel on older qemu-kvm this will look like a 
>> pure
>> kernel regression. Is there a quick fix we can carry in the kernel to 
>> support these
>> forward references, at least until we know that qemu-kvm is no longer 
>> shipping
>> the broken AML?
>
> This is a very good point. Thanks for bringing this up! One option is for 
> them to set
> the global variable acpi_gbl_execute_tables_as_methods in 
> include/acpi/acpixf.h to false.
> This will effectively revert the new behavior in the AML interpreter and go 
> back to the old way.
> Since this is a global flag, we could have a command line option for Linux 
> kernel to turn this
> feature on.
>
> Out of curiosity, is this ACPI table somehow customized for your work? I have 
> a collection
> of acpi tables and your ACPI tables are the only ones that have an 
> OperationRegion called
> NRAM. What is the chance that others will be running Linux on the same tables 
> as the one
> you sent me?

I don't think there's anything atypical about my particular setup. It
creates two virtual NVDIMMs that each represent a 30GB address space.
I suspect any user of the KVM NVDIMM virtualization would see the same
problem.
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