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SubjectRe: [PATCH][EFI] Run EFI in physical mode
On Fri, 13 Aug 2010 15:19:56 -0700, "Eric W. Biederman" wrote:

>Takao Indoh <> writes:
>> Hi all,
>> The attached patch enables EFI to run in physical mode.
>> Basically EFI is in physical mode at first and it's switched to virtual
>> mode after calling SetVirtualAddressMap. By applying this patch, you can
>> run EFI always in physical mode. And you can also specify "virtefi" as
>> kernel boot parameter to run EFI in virtual mode as before. Note that
>> this patch supports only x86_64.
>> This is needed to run kexec/kdump in EFI-booted system. The following is
>> an original discussion. In this thread, I explained that kdump does not
>> work because EFI system table is modified by SetVirtualAddressMap. And
>> the idea to run EFI in physical mode was proposed. This patch implements
>> it.
>>> When the 1st kernel boots, EFI system table(efi_system_table_t) is
>>> modified by SetVirtualAddressMap, which is one of EFI runtime service.
>>> This runtime changes physical address in EFI system table to virtual
>>> address.
>>> When the 2nd kernel boots, it also receives the same EFI system table,
>>> and the address included in it is already virtual address(1st kernel
>>> rewrote it). But 2nd kernel does not know that, 2nd kernel thinks it is
>>> a physical address. This causes problems.
>> Basic idea of this patch is to create EFI own pagetable. This pagetable
>> maps physical address of EFI runtime to the virtual address which is the
>> same value so that we can call it directly. For example, physical
>> address 0x800000 is mapped to virtual address 0x800000. Before calling
>> EFI runtime, cr3 register is switched to this pagetable, and restored
>> when we come back from EFI.
>> Any comments would be appreciated.
>> Signed-off-by: Takao Indoh <>
>Acked-by: "Eric W. Biederman" <>
>There is what appears to be unneeded redundancy (we need two
>implementations of physciall calls into efi?), but that is confined to
>the weird efi state.
>It is a shame you haven't done the little bit extra to get
>efi_pagetable_init working on x86_32.

Unfortunately I don't have a machine to test. The machine I'm using does
not support EFI on x86_32:-( I'd appreciate it if anyone try it...

Takao Indoh

>Overall this seems sane and confined to the x86 efi, and it looks
>like further improvements could easily be layered on top of this one.

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