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SubjectRe: [PATCH 03/15] x86: remove early_gdt_descr reference
James Bottomley wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-06-09 at 11:16 -0300, Glauber Costa wrote:
>> since we use switch_to_new_gdt, there is no point
>> in assigning early_gdt_descr except for the first
>> assignment, which is done manually.
>
> What makes you think you can do this? If you don't update the early
> boot gdt, they all end up using the Boot CPU one. The problem with this
> is that there's a time from start_secondary to switch_to_new_gdt where
> the per cpu selector (%fs) and the pda selector (%gs) are those of the
> boot CPU. The former isn't a problem but the CPU number is in the
> latter, and it's used in that path before we get to the initialisation.

You are right, I missed it.

However, it only seem to be used in cpu_init, and very early. Sure there
are some users _before_ we load the new gdt, but nothing prevents them
to be moved after it. (Of course, this patch is wrong anyway).

And if we do that, we can even take the %fs loading out of head_32.S
Of course, it's only valid if those are indeed the only early users of it.

Is there any other use I'm missing?



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