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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 00/27] x86, boot, 64bit: Add support for loading ramdisk and bzImage above 4G
On Sat, Dec 22, 2012 at 02:38:29AM -0800, Yinghai Lu wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 6:42 PM, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
> <konrad.wilk@oracle.com> wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 11:15:32PM -0800, Yinghai Lu wrote:
> >> Now we have limit kdump reseved under 896M, because kexec has the limitation.
> >> and also bzImage need to stay under 4g.
> >>
> >> To make kexec/kdump could use range above 4g, we need to make bzImage and
> >> ramdisk could be loaded above 4g.
> >> During booting bzImage will be unpacked on same postion and stay high.
> >>
> >> The patches add fields in setup_header and boot_params to
> >> 1. get info about ramdisk position info above 4g from bootloader/kexec
> >> 2. get info about cmd_line_ptr info above 4g from bootloader/kexec
> >> 3. set xloadflags bit0 in header for bzImage and bootloader/kexec load
> >> could check that to decide if it could to put bzImage high.
> >> 4. use sentinel to make sure ext_* fields in boot_params could be used.
> >>
> >> This patches is tested with kexec tools with local changes and they are sent
> >> to kexec list later.
> >>
> >> could be found at:
> >>
> >> git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/yinghai/linux-yinghai.git for-x86-boot
> >
> > Did a light test and it looks to work under Xen - thought I had not tested
> > any various configuration of memory layouts.
> >
> > More worryingly it blew up under native under an Dell T105 AMD box with 4GB of memory.
> > I can't get it even to print anything on the serial log:
>
> can you try that branch again ? update the #PF handler to clean
> init_level4_pgt in all case.

Sure. Building and will email out the results shortly.
>
> I did not consider when you are xen enabled kernel on bare metal.

As in 'CONFIG_PARAVIRT_OPS' enabled?
>
> aka need to add
> clear_page(init_level4_pgt);
>
> in init_mapping_kernel() of head_64.S
>
> Thanks
>
> Yinghai


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