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SubjectRe: Linux 2.6.31-rc4: strange change in iomem allocation

On Thu, 23 Jul 2009, Frans Pop wrote:

> On Thursday 23 July 2009, Frans Pop wrote:
> > I'm seeing the following change in dmesg between -rc3 and -rc4:
> > -system 00:0c: iomem range 0xfec00000-0xfec000ff has been reserved
> > +system 00:0c: iomem range 0xfec00000-0xfec000ff could not be reserved
> >
> > There is nothing in the earlier part of dmesg that would explain this
> > change.
> >
> > The change is also visible in /proc/iomem:
> > fec00000-fec00fff : IOAPIC 0
> > fec00000-fec00fff : reserved
> > - fec00000-fec000ff : pnp 00:0c
> >
> > I somewhat suspect 857fdc53a0a90c3ba7fcf5b1fb4c7a62ae03cf82:
> > x86/pci: insert ioapic resource before assigning unassigned resources
> Reverting that commit did indeed restore the old situation.

Don't worry about the new warning.

It is in fact _normal_ to see a number of warnings about PnP resources
"could not be reserved", because there are a number of sources of
resources that we trust more than the PnP stuff, so we make the IO
reservations based on those other sources of information. And then the PnP
layer comes along, and can't reserve things any more because they are
already reserved.

So the only thing that changed is that now we moved the APIC reservation
earlier, exactly because we trust our knowledge of the hardware "more"
than some other things.

You can google for "could not be reserved" (quotes needed to make it get
anything relevant, of course), and you'll see a lot of dmesg's. The
warning is interesting in the sense that _if_ there are any PCI resource
issues, it hints about the fact that we got resource information from
different places and they overlapped, so I wouldn't want to remove it.

So think of it this way: the difference between "has been reserved" and
"could not be reserved" is _not_ a "good" vs "bad" situation. They are
both purely informational. They're not good-or-bad, they are information
we leave around in case bad things happen later.


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