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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/4] Documentation: arm: [U]EFI runtime services
On 06/25/2013 12:11 PM, Leif Lindholm wrote:
> This patch provides documentation of the [U]EFI runtime services and
> configuration features.

> diff --git a/Documentation/arm/uefi.txt b/Documentation/arm/uefi.txt

> +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:

Part of this document (the raw requirements for DT content, rather than
the discussion of OS implementation/behaviour in parsing/interpreting
the properties) should be part of a file in
Documentation/devicetree/bindings/ (arm/uefi.txt?).

What node are these properties expected to be contained within?

Shouldn't that node be required to contain a compatible value, which
would define the schema for the other properties?

> +- '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.

What about ARMv8? Is the intention to have a separate definition for the
UEFI bindings on ARMv8, so that compatibility isn't an issue? What if a
future version of UEFI allows LPAE usage?

It may be better to explicitly state that the size of those properties
is either #address-cells from the parent node (presumably the top-level
of the DT), and/or introduce some property to explicitly state the size
of the properties. Those mechanisms would allow forward-compatibility to
LPAE usage or ARMv8 without requiring the text of the binding definition
to change.

Also, it seems legal to state the physical addresses using 64-bits even
if the actual values themselves are restricted to 32-bit range by the
UEFI spec. Illegal values would presumably cause SW that interprets them
to fail error-checks, and be rejected.

> +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

Presumably "all the code" also includes "all .data and .bss", or
whatever the UEFI-equivalent may be? I'm not familiar with UEFI at all;
does the "EFI memory map" mentioned above describe all the memory
regions that must be mapped to use UEFI?

> +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().

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