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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86-64: fix combining of regions in init_memory_mapping()
>>> "Yinghai Lu" <yhlu.kernel@gmail.com> 14.09.08 20:20 >>>
>On Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 7:43 AM, Jan Beulich <jbeulich@novell.com> wrote:
>> When nr_range gets decremented, the same slot must be considered for
>> coalescing with its new successor again.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Jan Beulich <jbeulich@novell.com>
>>
>> ---
>> arch/x86/mm/init_64.c | 2 +-
>> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>
>> --- linux-2.6.27-rc6/arch/x86/mm/init_64.c 2008-08-29 10:53:00.000000000 +0200
>> +++ 2.6.27-rc6-x86_64-mr-coalesce/arch/x86/mm/init_64.c 2008-09-12 11:58:45.000000000 +0200
>> @@ -636,7 +636,7 @@ unsigned long __init_refok init_memory_m
>> old_start = mr[i].start;
>> memmove(&mr[i], &mr[i+1],
>> (nr_range - 1 - i) * sizeof (struct map_range));
>> - mr[i].start = old_start;
>> + mr[i--].start = old_start;
>> nr_range--;
>> }
>>
>
>this patch seems not right.
>Ingo, please don't apply it.
>
>original code:
> /* try to merge same page size and continuous */
> for (i = 0; nr_range > 1 && i < nr_range - 1; i++) {
> unsigned long old_start;
> if (mr[i].end != mr[i+1].start ||
> mr[i].page_size_mask != mr[i+1].page_size_mask)
> continue;
> /* move it */
> old_start = mr[i].start;
> memmove(&mr[i], &mr[i+1],
> (nr_range - 1 - i) * sizeof (struct map_range));
> mr[i].start = old_start;
> nr_range--;
> }
>
>so it save old_start and first, and move entries forward (so old one
>is overwriten), and put back old_start ...

Old and new code are not different in any way in this respect - both
overwrite the old entry at index i with the entry at index i+1 and then
set the start of the i-th entry back to what it was before the overwrite,
effectively combining them. The patch just makes sure that the index
isn't being updated at the same time as nr_range (because if you update
both you effectively skip one).

The issue is apparently pretty benign to native code, but surfaces as a
boot time crash in our forward ported Xen tree (where the page table
setup overall works differently than in native). Since the underlying
issue was present in native (and since I assume if there is an attempt
to merge subsequent regions, then it should work right), I nevertheless
submitted the patch for native inclusion.

Jan



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