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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: Construct 32 bit boot time page tables in native format.

On Sun, 2008-01-20 at 20:30 +0200, Mika Penttilä wrote:
> > + * This is how much memory *in addition to the memory covered up to
> > + * and including _end* we need mapped initially. We need one bit for
> > + * each possible page, but only in low memory, which means
> > + * 2^32/4096/8 = 128K worst case (4G/4G split.)
> > + *
> > + * Modulo rounding, each megabyte assigned here requires a kilobyte of
> > + * memory, which is currently unreclaimed.
> > + *
> > + * This should be a multiple of a page.
> > + */
> > +#define INIT_MAP_BEYOND_END (128*1024)
> > +
> > +/*
> >
> You have dropped the requirement to map all of low memory (the boot
> allocator is used for instance to construct physical mem mapping).
> Either you should fix your INIT_MAP_BEYOND_END or make a big comment
> telling us why it isn't necessary anymore to map low mem.

I think you are right. The patch ensures that all the initial page
tables themselves have mappings but won't map the additional pages
needed for mapping the rest of lowmem.

However, I think it is no longer necessary to map a whole new 4G worth
of page table pages because the code in kernel_physical_mapping_init now
extends the initial mappings rather than replacing them (see changes to
native_pagetable_setup_start). So now we only need to map 4G worth of
page tables including the initial page tables. That means we only need
to map a fixed set of extra pages rather than the sliding limit
currently used in the patch.

I'm not convinced by the additional 16MB for CONFIG_DEBUG_PAGEALLOC --
we map enough pages for page tables for 4G of lowmem -- adding space for
an extra 16M seems pointless.

Ian Campbell

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