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    SubjectRe: Crash while mapping memory in pagetable_init() (Was: Re: .config)
    * Jeremy Fitzhardinge ( wrote:
    > Subject: i386: map enough initial memory to create lowmem mappings
    > head.S creates the very initial pagetable for the kernel. This just
    > maps enough space for the kernel itself, and an allocation bitmap.
    > The amount of mapped memory is rounded up to 4Mbytes, and so this
    > typically ends up mapping 8Mbytes of memory.
    > When booting, pagetable_init() needs to create mappings for all
    > lowmem, and the pagetables for these mappings are allocated from the
    > free pages around the kernel in low memory. If the number of
    > pagetable pages + kernel size exceeds head.S's initial mapping, it
    > will end up faulting on an unmapped page. This will only happen with
    > specific combinations of kernel size and memory size.
    > This patch makes sure that head.S also maps enough space to fit the
    > kernel pagetables as well as the kernel itself. It ends up using an
    > additional two pages of unreclaimable memory.

    Yup, fixes it up here, nice catch.

    Acked-by: Chris Wright <>
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