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From: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
To: Alexander van Heukelum <heukelum@mailshack.com>
Cc: Andi Kleen <ak@suse.de>, Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>,
	LKML <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Alexander van Heukelum <heukelum@fastmail.fm>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Fix alignment of early reservation for EBDA
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 20:41:21 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20080224194121.GA26451@elte.hu> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20080224174605.GA21661@mailshack.com>


* Alexander van Heukelum <heukelum@mailshack.com> wrote:

> Hi Andi,
> 
> My eyes fell on the following table in the boot messages:
> 
> early res: 0 [0-fff] BIOS data page
> early res: 1 [6000-7fff] SMP_TRAMPOLINE
> early res: 2 [200000-374557] TEXT DATA BSS
> early res: 3 [9fc00-a0bff] EBDA
> early res: 4 [8000-afff] PGTABLE
> 
> The memory reserved for the EBDA overflows into the area normally 
> reserved for the VGA adaptor. It seems that you wanted to force the 
> allocation to cover whole pages, like:

well, that's what your EBDA descriptor says - it's set to 9fc00 which is 
512 bytes below the VGA range. This behavior didnt really change over 
v2.6.24 (which reserved 'into' the VGA range too), it's just that in 
v2.6.25 we also print out these early reservations. Can you see any 
regression? There should be no harm from overlapping into the VGA range 
- these "reservations" only make RAM unavailable for normal allocations.

your patch on the other hand rounds the EBDA area down which could in 
theory be unsafe on other boxes (where there could be real RAM above the 
EBDA area): the safest approach is to round the beginning of it down, 
the end of it up (to page boundary). Your patch _should_ be OK, but in 
practice it doesnt hurt to reserve a bit more around the edges than to 
accidentally give a page to the OS that the BIOS might rely upon.

	Ingo

  parent reply	other threads:[~2008-02-24 19:41 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 62+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-24 17:46 Alexander van Heukelum
2008-02-24 19:27 ` Andi Kleen
2008-02-24 19:41 ` Ingo Molnar [this message]
2008-02-24 20:53   ` Alexander van Heukelum
2008-02-25  2:18 ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-02-25 16:54   ` Alexander van Heukelum
2008-02-25 17:01     ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-25 18:07       ` [PATCH] reserve_early end-of-conventional-memory to 1MB Alexander van Heukelum
2008-02-25 18:13         ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-02-25 19:46           ` Alexander van Heukelum
2008-02-25 21:17             ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-02-26  9:30             ` Ingo Molnar
2008-02-27 14:26               ` Andi Kleen
2008-02-27 14:38               ` [PATCH] reserve_early end-of-conventional-memory to 1MB II - some numbers to put it into perspective Andi Kleen
2008-02-27 16:44                 ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-02-27 20:01                 ` Alexander van Heukelum
2008-02-28 13:13         ` [PATCH] reserve end-of-conventional-memory to 1MB on 32-bit Alexander van Heukelum
2008-02-28 13:28           ` [RFC] use realmode code to reserve end-of-conventional-memory to 1MB Alexander van Heukelum
2008-02-28 21:12             ` Ian Campbell
2008-02-28 21:14               ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-02-28 23:16                 ` Ian Campbell
2008-02-29 20:00                   ` Ingo Molnar
2008-03-04 11:41                   ` Mark McLoughlin
2008-03-04 14:33                     ` Ingo Molnar
2008-03-04 15:12                       ` Ian Campbell
2008-03-04 15:13                       ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2008-03-04 15:25                         ` Ingo Molnar
2008-03-04 16:02                           ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2008-03-04 16:15                             ` Ingo Molnar
2008-03-04 16:15                       ` Mark McLoughlin
2008-03-04 16:23                         ` Ingo Molnar
2008-03-04 17:44                   ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2008-03-05 15:59                   ` Eduardo Habkost
2008-03-05 16:08                     ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-03-05 16:53                       ` Eduardo Habkost
2008-03-05 17:28                         ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-03-05 17:28                           ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2008-03-05 17:38                             ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-03-05 16:38                     ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2008-03-05 17:27                       ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-02-28 21:09           ` [PATCH] reserve end-of-conventional-memory to 1MB on 32-bit Ian Campbell
2008-02-29 11:49             ` Alexander van Heukelum
2008-02-29 17:14               ` Mark McLoughlin
2008-02-29 18:38                 ` Alexander van Heukelum
2008-02-29 18:44                   ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-02-29 18:56                     ` Alexander van Heukelum
2008-02-29 22:06                   ` Mark McLoughlin
2008-02-29 22:26                     ` Alexander van Heukelum
2008-03-01 16:09                     ` [PATCH] reserve end-of-conventional-memory to 1MB on 32-bit v2 Alexander van Heukelum
2008-03-01 16:12                       ` [PATCH] reserve end-of-conventional-memory to 1MB on 64-bit add-on Alexander van Heukelum
2008-03-04 11:44                       ` [PATCH] reserve end-of-conventional-memory to 1MB on 32-bit v2 Mark McLoughlin
2008-03-04 13:31                         ` Alexander van Heukelum
2008-03-04 14:49                         ` Ingo Molnar
2008-03-04 15:16                           ` Mark McLoughlin
2008-03-04 15:24                             ` Ingo Molnar
2008-03-04 15:18                         ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2008-03-04 16:51                           ` Alexander van Heukelum
2008-03-04 17:05                             ` H. Peter Anvin
2008-03-04 17:11                             ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2008-03-04 18:57                               ` [PATCH] reserve end-of-conventional-memory to 1MB, 32-bit, use paravirt_enabled Alexander van Heukelum
2008-03-04 19:12                                 ` [PATCH] reserve end-of-conventional-memory to 1MB, 64-bit, " Alexander van Heukelum
2008-02-27 14:25     ` [PATCH] Fix alignment of early reservation for EBDA Andi Kleen

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