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Subject[RFC] [PATCH 0/16] x86_64: Relocatable bzImage Support (V2)
Hi All,

Eric Biederman implemented the relocatable bzImage for x86_64 and posted
patches for comments quite some time back.

http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-kernel&m=115443019026302&w=2

We have been testing the patches in RHEL kernels since then and things are
looking up. I think this is the time that patches can be included in -mm
and get more testing done and get rest of the issues sorted out.

Eric is currently held up with other things, so I have taken his patches
and forward ported to 2.6.19-rc5-git2. Did few cleanups and fixed few
bugs as faced in our testing. I have also accomodated the review comments
received last time.

These changes make a bzImage and vmlinux relocatable hence kernel can be
loaded at and run from a non-1MB location. These changes are especially
useful for kdump where a single kernel can be used both as production
kernel and dump capture kernel hence making the life easier both for
distros and developers.

Following is a brief account of changes I have done since patches were
posted last time.

- Forward ported the changes to latest kernel.
- Extended bzImage protocol to handle relocatable kernel
- Dropped support for elf bzImage
- Dropped support for the serial debugging in decompressor code.
- Fixed a bug related to memory hotplug.
- Fixed a bug related to setting NX bit (Thanks to larry woodman)
- Fixed a bug regarding jumping to secondary_startup_64 instead of
assuming that align fills empty space with "nop".
- Fixed a bug regarding phys_base being put in initdata section.
- Fixed a but where bss was not being zeroed properly
- Reverted the change back to cotinue to compile the kernel for 2MB so
that loaders loading vmlinux directly are not broken.
- Aligned data segment to 4K boundary to make kexec using vmlinux work.
- Tested to patch for making sure suspend/resume to/from memory is working.
(Required due to ACPI wake up code changes)

Your comments/suggestions are welcome.

Thanks
Vivek
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