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Subject[PATCH 1/4] Documentation: arm: [U]EFI runtime services
This patch provides documentation of the [U]EFI runtime services and
configuration features.

Signed-off-by: Leif Lindholm <>
Documentation/arm/00-INDEX | 3 +++
Documentation/arm/uefi.txt | 39 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
2 files changed, 42 insertions(+)
create mode 100644 Documentation/arm/uefi.txt

diff --git a/Documentation/arm/00-INDEX b/Documentation/arm/00-INDEX
index 4978456..87e01d1 100644
--- a/Documentation/arm/00-INDEX
+++ b/Documentation/arm/00-INDEX
@@ -36,3 +36,6 @@ nwfpe/
- NWFPE floating point emulator documentation
- SWP/SWPB emulation handler/logging description
+ - [U]EFI configuration and runtime services documentation
diff --git a/Documentation/arm/uefi.txt b/Documentation/arm/uefi.txt
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..5c48271
--- /dev/null
+++ b/Documentation/arm/uefi.txt
@@ -0,0 +1,39 @@
+The nomenclature EFI and UEFI are used interchangeably in this document.
+The implementation depends on receiving pointers to the UEFI memory map
+and System Table in a Flattened Device Tree - so is only available with
+It (early) parses the FDT for the following parameters:
+- 'efi-system-table':
+ Physical address of the system table. (required)
+- 'efi-runtime-mmap':
+ Physical address of an EFI memory map, containing at least
+ the regions to be preserved. (required)
+- 'efi-runtime-mmap-size':
+ Size in bytes of the provided memory map. (required)
+- 'efi-mmap-desc-size':
+ Size of each descriptor in the memory map. (override default)
+- 'efi-mmap-desc-ver':
+ Memory descriptor format version. (override default)
+Since UEFI firmware on ARM systems are required to use a 1:1 memory map
+even on LPAE-capable systems, the above fields are 32-bit regardless.
+It also depends on early_ioremap to parse the memory map and preserve
+the regions required for runtime services.
+For actually enabling [U]EFI support, enable:
+After the kernel has mapped the required regions into its address space,
+a SetVirtualAddressMap() call is made into UEFI in order to update
+relocations. This call must be performed with all the code in a 1:1
+mapping. This implementation achieves this by temporarily disabling the
+MMU for the duration of this call. This can only be done safely:
+- before secondary CPUs are brought online.
+- after early_initcalls have completed, sinze it uses setup_mm_for_reboot().
+For verbose debug messages, specify 'uefi_debug' on the kernel command

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