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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/3] x86, boot: add mmio serial during compressed boot
On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM, Kees Cook <> wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 12:36 PM, H. Peter Anvin <> wrote:
>> On 07/16/2013 12:31 PM, Kees Cook wrote:
>>> Could the first step be documenting the limitation? I've found this
>>> patch extremely useful for my case already, and I imagine there might
>>> be other people that need the early mmio stuff to. Generally the
>>> compressed boot serial console stuff is going to be used in the more
>>> common non-kexec situations at least for a while.
>>> Does this patch create any _problems_? Right now, neither low nor >4G
>>> kernel can use an mmio serial port. :) This this, we'd at least gain
>>> it for the low case.
>> Even documenting the limitation is likely to end up with a bunch of
>> emails asking why their kernel crashed.
>> I think setting up a dynamic #PF handler is the right thing for the
>> decompressor, we already did for the kernel proper.
> I'm not sure how to accomplish this yet. I'm still trying to
> understand how the page tables are arranged. :)

Other way could be:

Detect if it get into misc.c directly from
arch/x86/boot/compressed/head_64.S::startup_64. that is from 64bit

others go through startup_32 should be 32bit bootloader.

If it with 64bit boot loader path, You can skip parsing mmio in
misc.c::console_init() calling.


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