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SubjectRe: [RESEND PATCH v5 00/11] ppc64: enable kdump support for kexec_file_load syscall

On 28/07/20 8:02 am, piliu wrote:
> On 07/27/2020 03:36 AM, Hari Bathini wrote:
>> Sorry! There was a gateway issue on my system while posting v5, due to
>> which some patches did not make it through. Resending...
>> This patch series enables kdump support for kexec_file_load system
>> call (kexec -s -p) on PPC64. The changes are inspired from kexec-tools
>> code but heavily modified for kernel consumption.
>> The first patch adds a weak arch_kexec_locate_mem_hole() function to
>> override locate memory hole logic suiting arch needs. There are some
>> special regions in ppc64 which should be avoided while loading buffer
>> & there are multiple callers to kexec_add_buffer making it complicated
>> to maintain range sanity and using generic lookup at the same time.
>> The second patch marks ppc64 specific code within arch/powerpc/kexec
>> and arch/powerpc/purgatory to make the subsequent code changes easy
>> to understand.
>> The next patch adds helper function to setup different memory ranges
>> needed for loading kdump kernel, booting into it and exporting the
>> crashing kernel's elfcore.
>> The fourth patch overrides arch_kexec_locate_mem_hole() function to
>> locate memory hole for kdump segments by accounting for the special
>> memory regions, referred to as excluded memory ranges, and sets
>> kbuf->mem when a suitable memory region is found.
>> The fifth patch moves walk_drmem_lmbs() out of .init section with
>> a few changes to reuse it for setting up kdump kernel's usable memory
>> ranges. The next patch uses walk_drmem_lmbs() to look up the LMBs
>> and set linux,drconf-usable-memory & linux,usable-memory properties
>> in order to restrict kdump kernel's memory usage.
>> The seventh patch updates purgatory to setup r8 & r9 with opal base
>> and opal entry addresses respectively to aid kernels built with
>> CONFIG_PPC_EARLY_DEBUG_OPAL enabled. The next patch setups up backup
>> region as a kexec segment while loading kdump kernel and teaches
>> purgatory to copy data from source to destination.
>> Patch 09 builds the elfcore header for the running kernel & passes
>> the info to kdump kernel via "elfcorehdr=" parameter to export as
>> /proc/vmcore file. The next patch sets up the memory reserve map
>> for the kexec kernel and also claims kdump support for kdump as
>> all the necessary changes are added.
>> The last patch fixes a lookup issue for `kexec -l -s` case when
>> memory is reserved for crashkernel.
>> Tested the changes successfully on P8, P9 lpars, couple of OpenPOWER
>> boxes, one with secureboot enabled, KVM guest and a simulator.
>> v4 -> v5:
>> * Dropped patches 07/12 & 08/12 and updated purgatory to do everything
>> in assembly.

Hello Pingfan,

Sorry, I missed out on responding to this.

> I guess you achieve this by carefully selecting instruction to avoid
> relocation issue, right?

Yes. No far branching or reference to data from elsewhere.


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