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SubjectRe: bzImage ~ 900K with i386 test11-pre2
On Sat, 11 Nov 2000, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:

> On Sat, Nov 11, 2000 at 02:51:21PM +0000, Tigran Aivazian wrote:
> > Yes, Andrea, I know that paging is disabled at the point of loading the
> > image but I was talking about the inability to boot (boot == complete
> > booting, i.e. at least reach start_kernel()) a kernel with very large
> > .data or .bss segments because of various reasons -- one of which,
> > probably,is the inadequacy of those pg0 and pg1 page tables set up in
> > head.S
>
> Ah ok, I thought you were talking about bootloader.
>
> About the initial pagetable setup on i386 port there's certainly a 3M limit on
> the size of the kernel image, but it's trivial to enlarge it. BTW, exactly for
> that kernel size limit reasons in x86-64 I defined a 40Mbyte mapping where we
> currently have a 4M mapping and that's even simpler to enlarge since they're 2M
> PAE like pagetables.
>
> Basically as far as the kernel can get loaded in memory correctly we have
> no problem :)
>
> > (which Peter says is infinite?) or the ones on .text/.data/.bss (and what
> > exactly are they?)? See my question now?
>
> We sure hit the 3M limit on the .bss clearing right now.
>

I understand and agree with what you say except the number 4M. It is not
4M but 8M, imho. See arch/i386/kernel/head.S

/*
* The page tables are initialized to only 8MB here - the final page
* tables are set up later depending on memory size.
*/
.org 0x2000
ENTRY(pg0)

.org 0x3000
ENTRY(pg1)

/*
* empty_zero_page must immediately follow the page tables ! (The
* initialization loop counts until empty_zero_page)
*/

.org 0x4000
ENTRY(empty_zero_page)

(the comment next to pg0 in asm/pgtable.h is misleading, whilst the
comment above paging_init() is plain wrong -- I sent a patch to Linus
yesterday but perhaps "wrong comment" is not a critical 2.4 issue :)

Regards,
Tigran

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