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SubjectRe: [PATCH 04/11] ppc64/kexec_file: avoid stomping memory used by special regions
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On 06/30/2020 02:10 PM, Hari Bathini wrote:
>
>
> On 30/06/20 9:00 am, piliu wrote:
>>
>>
>> On 06/29/2020 01:55 PM, Hari Bathini wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> On 28/06/20 7:44 am, piliu wrote:
>>>> Hi Hari,
>>>
>>> Hi Pingfan,
>>>
>>>>
>>>> After a quick through for this series, I have a few question/comment on
>>>> this patch for the time being. Pls see comment inline.
>>>>
>>>> On 06/27/2020 03:05 AM, Hari Bathini wrote:
>>>>> crashkernel region could have an overlap with special memory regions
>>>>> like opal, rtas, tce-table & such. These regions are referred to as
>>>>> exclude memory ranges. Setup this ranges during image probe in order
>>>>> to avoid them while finding the buffer for different kdump segments.
>>>
>>> [...]
>>>
>>>>> + /*
>>>>> + * Use the locate_mem_hole logic in kexec_add_buffer() for regular
>>>>> + * kexec_file_load syscall
>>>>> + */
>>>>> + if (kbuf->image->type != KEXEC_TYPE_CRASH)
>>>>> + return 0;
>>>> Can the ranges overlap [crashk_res.start, crashk_res.end]? Otherwise
>>>> there is no requirement for @exclude_ranges.
>>>
>>> The ranges like rtas, opal are loaded by f/w. They almost always overlap with
>>> crashkernel region. So, @exclude_ranges is required to support kdump.
>> f/w passes rtas/opal as service, then must f/w mark these ranges as
>> fdt_reserved_mem in order to make kernel aware not to use these ranges?
>
> It does. Actually, reserve_map + reserved-ranges are reserved as soon as
> memblock allocator is ready but not before crashkernel reservation.
> Check early_reserve_mem() call in kernel/prom.c
>
>> Otherwise kernel memory allocation besides kdump can also overwrite
>> these ranges.>
>> Hmm, revisiting reserve_crashkernel(). It seems not to take any reserved
>> memory into consider except kernel text. Could it work based on memblock
>> allocator?
>
> So, kdump could possibly overwrite these regions which is why an exclude
> range list is needed. Same thing was done in kexec-tools as well.
OK, got it.

Thanks,
Pingfan
>
> Thanks
> Hari
>
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