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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mm -v3 1/2] i386/x86_64 boot: setup data
Huang, Ying wrote:
> This patch add a field of 64-bit physical pointer to NULL terminated
> single linked list of struct setup_data to real-mode kernel
> header. This is used as a more extensible boot parameters passing
> mechanism.
>
> This patch has been tested against 2.6.23-rc6-mm1 kernel on x86_64. It
> is based on the proposal of Peter Anvin.
>
>
> Known Issues:
>
> 1. Where is safe to place the linked list of setup_data?
> Because the length of the linked list of setup_data is variable, it
> can not be copied into BSS segment of kernel as that of "zero
> page". We must find a safe place for it, where it will not be
> overwritten by kernel during booting up. The i386 kernel will
> overwrite some pages after _end. The x86_64 kernel will overwrite some
> pages from 0x1000 on.
>

Do you actually need a linked list of data? This is similar to the
changes to bzImage to support booting bzImage a paravirt environment,
but I just proposed a pointer to a single info structure, along with a
field to identify the boot environment (ie, native/lguest/xen etc). It
would be easy to extend this to handle EFI as just another boot
environment, and you could hang a list of structures off the pointer.


J
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