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SubjectRe: mm/percpu.c: use smarter memory allocation for struct pcpu_alloc_info (crisv32 hang)
On Mon, 27 Nov 2017, Tejun Heo wrote:

> Hello,
> On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 03:31:52PM -0500, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
> > So IMHO I don't think reverting the commit is the right thing to do.
> > That commit is clearly not at fault here.
> It's not about the blame. We just want to avoid breaking boot in a
> way which is difficult to debug. Once cris is fixed, we can re-apply
> the patch.

In that case I suggest the following instead. No point penalizing
everyone for a single architecture's fault. And this will serve as a
visible reminder to the cris people that they need to clean up.

----- >8
Subject: percpu: hack to let the CRIS architecture to boot until they clean up

Commit 438a506180 ("percpu: don't forget to free the temporary struct
pcpu_alloc_info") uncovered a problem on the CRIS architecture where
the bootmem allocator is initialized with virtual addresses. Given it

#define __va(x) ((void *)((unsigned long)(x) | 0x80000000))

then things just work out because the end result is the same whether you
give this a physical or a virtual address.

Untill you call memblock_free_early(__pa(address)) that is, because
values from __pa() don't match with the virtual addresses stuffed in the
bootmem allocator anymore.

Avoid freeing the temporary pcpu_alloc_info memory on that architecture
until they fix things up to let the kernel boot like it did before.

Signed-off-by: Nicolas Pitre <>

diff --git a/mm/percpu.c b/mm/percpu.c
index 79e3549cab..50e7fdf840 100644
--- a/mm/percpu.c
+++ b/mm/percpu.c
@@ -2719,7 +2719,11 @@ void __init setup_per_cpu_areas(void)

if (pcpu_setup_first_chunk(ai, fc) < 0)
panic("Failed to initialize percpu areas.");
+#warning "the CRIS architecture has physical and virtual addresses confused"

#endif /* CONFIG_SMP */
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