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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] Re: [patch 05/21] Xen-paravirt: paravirt_ops: allocate a fixmap slot
On Wed, Feb 14, 2007 at 08:37:26AM +0000, Jan Beulich wrote:
> >>> Jeremy Fitzhardinge <> 14.02.07 02:36 >>>
> >Dan Hecht wrote:
> >> Why doesn't Xen allocate the shared_info page from the pseudo-physical
> >> space? Doesn't it already have to steal pages from the
> >> pseudo-physical space for e.g. initial page tables, console, etc? Why
> >> not do the same for shared_info, and then you don't need a reserve the
> >> fixmap slot.
> >
> >Unlike the pagetable pages or the console page, the shared info page
> >doesn't have a pseudo-physical address, so in order to map it we need to
> >directly construct a pte containing the mfn for that page. Inserting
> >this mapping into the fixmap space seems like the easiest way to do
> >this. It's not like a fixmap slot costs anything.
> Otoh there are many fixmap slots not used under Xen, perhaps it would
> be possible to use one of those... One slot certainly doesn't cost a lot,

I don't have a problem with reserving one page for this.

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