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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ARM: mm: Regarding section when dealing with meminfo
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On Thu, 2011-01-20 at 23:28 +0900, Minchan Kim wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 06:45:39PM +0900, KyongHo Cho wrote:
> > Sparsemem allows that a bank of memory spans over several adjacent
> > sections if the start address and the end address of the bank
> > belong to different sections.
> > When gathering statictics of physical memory in mem_init() and
> > show_mem(), this possiblity was not considered.
>
> Please write down the result if we doesn't consider this patch.
> I can understand what happens but for making good description and review,
> merging easily, it would be better to write down the result without
> the patch explicitly.

You'll oops. __section_mem_map_addr() in:

> #define __pfn_to_page(pfn) \
> ({ unsigned long __pfn = (pfn); \
> struct mem_section *__sec = __pfn_to_section(__pfn); \
> __section_mem_map_addr(__sec) + __pfn; \
> })

will return NULL, you'll add some fuzz on to it with __pfn, then you'll
oops when the arm show_mem() does PageReserved() and dereferences
page->flags.

Ether that, or with the sparsemem vmemmap variant, you'll get a
valid-looking pointer with no backing memory, and oops as well.

-- Dave



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