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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/5] Add movablecore_map boot option
On 2012/11/27 13:43, Tang Chen wrote:

> On 11/27/2012 11:10 AM, wujianguo wrote:
>> On 2012-11-23 18:44, Tang Chen wrote:
>>> [What we are doing]
>>> This patchset provide a boot option for user to specify ZONE_MOVABLE memory
>>> map for each node in the system.
>>>
>>> movablecore_map=nn[KMG]@ss[KMG]
>>>
>>
>> Hi Tang,
>> DMA address can't be set as movable, if some one boot kernel with
>> movablecore_map=4G@0xa00000 or other memory region that contains DMA address,
>> system maybe boot failed. Should this case be handled or mentioned
>> in the change log and kernel-parameters.txt?
>
> Hi Wu,
>
> Right, DMA address can't be set as movable. And I should have mentioned
> it in the doc more clear. :)
>
> Actually, the situation is not only for DMA address. Because we limited
> the memblock allocation, even if users did not specified the DMA
> address, but set too much memory as movable, which means there was too
> little memory for kernel to use, kernel will also fail to boot.
>
> I added the following info into doc, but obviously it was not clear
> enough. :)
> + If kernelcore or movablecore is also specified,
> + movablecore_map will have higher priority to be
> + satisfied. So the administrator should be careful that
> + the amount of movablecore_map areas are not too large.
> + Otherwise kernel won't have enough memory to start.
>
>
> And about how to fix it, as you said, we can handle the situation if
> user specified DMA address as movable. But how to handle "too little
> memory for kernel to start" case ? Is there any info about how much
> at least memory kernel needs ?
>

As I know, bootmem is mostly used by page structs when CONFIG_SPARSEMEM=y.
But it is hard to calculate how much bootmem is needed exactly.

>
> Thanks for the comments. :)
>
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Jianguo Wu
>>
>
>
>
> .
>





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