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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86-64: fix combining of regions in init_memory_mapping()
On Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 1:17 AM, Jan Beulich <jbeulich@novell.com> wrote:
>>>> "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.

yes. your patch fixed the skip...

Acked-by: Yinghai Lu <yhlu.kernel@gmail.com>

YH


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