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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: bootmem: use phys_addr_t for physical addresses
Hello,

On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 08:08:30PM -0400, Cyril Chemparathy wrote:
> >So, a function which takes phys_addr_t for goal and limit but returns
> >void * doesn't make much sense unless the function creates directly
> >addressable mapping somewhere.
>
> On the 32-bit PAE platform in question, physical memory is located
> outside the 4GB range. Therefore phys_to_virt takes a 64-bit
> physical address and returns a 32-bit kernel mapped lowmem pointer.

Yes but phys_to_virt() can return the vaddr only if the physical
address is already mapped in the kernel address space; otherwise, you
need one of the kmap*() calls which may not be online early in the
boot and consumes either the vmalloc area or fixmaps. bootmem
interface can't handle unmapped memory.

Thanks.

--
tejun


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