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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6.24] mm: BadRAM support for broken memory
Hi!

> What about ...

Thanks for doing this.

> diff --git a/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
> b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
> index 533e67f..19343e1 100644
> --- a/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
> @@ -1131,6 +1131,10 @@ and is between 256 and 4096 characters. It is defined
> in the file
> memmap=nn[KMG]$ss[KMG]
> [KNL,ACPI] Mark specific memory as reserved.
> Region of memory to be used, from ss to ss+nn.
> + Example: Exclude memory from 0x18690000-0x1869ffff
> + memmap=0x18690000$64K
> + or
> + memmap=0x18690000$10000

missing 0x after $.


> diff --git a/Documentation/bad-memory.txt b/Documentation/bad-memory.txt
> new file mode 100644
> index 0000000..53e817d
> --- /dev/null
> +++ b/Documentation/bad-memory.txt
> @@ -0,0 +1,55 @@
> +March 2007
> +Jan-Simon Moeller, dl9pf@gmx.de
> +
> +
> +How to deal with bad memory e.g. reported by memtest86+ ?
> +#########################################################
> +
> +There are three possibilities I know of:
> +
> +1) Buy new memory (best!)
> +
> +2) Try to exchange the memory if you have spare-parts
> +
> +3) Use BadRAM or memmap
> +
> +This Howto is about number 3) .
> +
> +
> +BadRAM
> +######
> +BadRAM is actively developed and available as kernel-patch
> +here: http://rick.vanrein.org/linux/badram/
> +
> +It takes the patterns of memtest86+ as arguments to exclude the defective
> +areas of the memory.
> +
> +Example: memtest86+ reported here errors at address 0x18691458, 0x18698424
> and
> + some others. All had 0x1869xxxx in common, so I chose a pattern of
> + 0x18690000,0xffff0000.
> + This means exclusion of the area from 0x18690000 to 0x1869ffff
> + (which is a block of 64k).
> + My kernel-cmdline was: badram=0x18690000,0xffff0000
> +
> +There are efforts to bring BadRAM into mainline in some way, possibly using
> +memmap internally (maybe for 2.6.26 ?).
> +Thread on lkml: http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/3/2/42
> +
> +For more details see the BadRAM documentation.
> +
> +
> +memmap
> +######
> +memmap is already in the kernel and usable as kernel-parameter at boot-time.
> +Its syntax is different and you may need to calculate the values by yourself!
> +
> +Syntax to exclude a memory area (see kernel-parameters for details):
> +memmap=<address>$<size>
> +
> +With the numbers of the example above:
> +memmap=0x18690000$64K
> + or
> +memmap=0x18690000$0x10000
> +
> +TODO: Multiple areas to exclude using memmap ?
> +
>
> Signed-off-by: Jan-Simon Moeller <dl9pf@gmx.de>

Actually, I'd include both.. I guess you should fix the 0x, the year,
and submit it to akpm (or trivial?).
Pavel

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