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SubjectRe: Kexec failure on RDC (and possibly other early x86) platforms
On 12/06/2009 08:52 AM, Avi Kivity wrote:
> On 12/06/2009 01:33 PM, bifferos wrote:
>> I've updated the patch to allow Kexec to work on RDC platforms
>> here:
>> I'm curious as to how one can detect the presence of the CR4
>> register in assembler, as I'm sure it's possible, but I've just
>> #ifndefed out the offending instruction in this patch and it
>> seems to work with this change.
> One way is to execute the instruction and trap the #UD exception if it
> is not supported. Not sure whether you have an IDT set up or whether
> your cpu traps on mov cr4.
> If your cpu supports cpuid you can test for features that indicate bits
> in cr4 are available, for example VME, DE, PSE, PVI, and PAE. If none
> are available you likely don't have cr4 (and even if you do, it's
> pointless to reset it).

In general, I believe, existence of CPUID == existence of CR4.

(There were some late 486's which had CPUID, I believe they also had
CR4.) The first-principles test of catching the trap is more direct,
though. Inside the kernel we have read_cr4_safe() for that.


H. Peter Anvin, Intel Open Source Technology Center
I work for Intel. I don't speak on their behalf.

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