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SubjectRe: [PATCH 23/25] [PATCH] paravirt hooks for arch initialization
Jeremy Fitzhardinge escreveu:
> Glauber de Oliveira Costa wrote:
>> On 8/9/07, Alan Cox <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk> wrote:
>>
>>>> What's the EBDA actually used for? The only place which seems to use
>>>> ebda_addr is in the e820 code to avoid that area as RAM.
>>>>
>>> It belongs to the firmware.
>>>
>> Wouldn't it be better, then, to just skip this step unconditionally if
>> we are running a paravirtualized guest? What do we from doing it?
>>
>
> It's better to make discover_ebda() quietly cope with a missing ebda for
> whatever reason. We could add an explicit interface to paravirt_ops to
> handle this one little corner, but it isn't very important, not very
> general and really its just clutter. Its much better to have things
> cope with being virtualized quietly on their own rather than hit them
> all with the pv_ops hammer. pv_ops is really for things where the
> hypervisor-specific code really has to get actively involved.
>
I think the idea you gave me earlier of using probe_kernel_address could
work. Xen/lguest/put_yours_here that won't use an ebda would then have
to unmap the page, to make sure a read would fault.


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