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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/5] [v3] fix illegal use of __pa() in KVM code
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On Tue, 2013-01-22 at 13:24 -0800, Dave Hansen wrote:
> This series fixes a hard-to-debug early boot hang on 32-bit
> NUMA systems. It adds coverage to the debugging code,
> adds some helpers, and eventually fixes the original bug I
> was hitting.

Hi Dave,

Now that the alloc_remap() has been/is being removed, is most/all of
this being reverted?

I ask because I was fixing a different bug in KVM's para-virt clock and
saw part of this series (from [PATCH 5/5] fix kvm's use of __pa() on
percpu areas):

diff -puN arch/x86/kernel/kvmclock.c~fix-kvm-__pa-use-on-percpu-areas arch/x86/kernel/kvmclock.c
--- linux-2.6.git/arch/x86/kernel/kvmclock.c~fix-kvm-__pa-use-on-percpu-areas 2013-01-22 13:17:16.428317508 -0800
+++ linux-2.6.git-dave/arch/x86/kernel/kvmclock.c 2013-01-22 13:17:16.432317541 -0800
@@ -162,8 +162,8 @@ int kvm_register_clock(char *txt)
int low, high, ret;
struct pvclock_vcpu_time_info *src = &hv_clock[cpu].pvti;

- low = (int)__pa(src) | 1;
- high = ((u64)__pa(src) >> 32);
+ low = (int)slow_virt_to_phys(src) | 1;
+ high = ((u64)slow_virt_to_phys(src) >> 32);
ret = native_write_msr_safe(msr_kvm_system_time, low, high);
printk(KERN_INFO "kvm-clock: cpu %d, msr %x:%x, %s\n",
cpu, high, low, txt);
which confused me because hv_clock is the __va of allocated physical
memory, not a per-cpu variable.

mem = memblock_alloc(size, PAGE_SIZE);
if (!mem)
return;
hv_clock = __va(mem);
So in short, my questions are:
1) is the slow_virt_to_phys() necessary anymore?
2) if yes, does it apply to the code above?
3) if yes, would you explain in more detail what the 32-bit NUMA mm is
doing, esp. wrt. when __va(__pa) is not identical across all cpus?

Regards,
Peter Hurley




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