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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v3 02/11] x86/kexec: Add extra pointers to transition page table PGD, PUD, PMD and PTE
On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 02:07:31PM +0000, David Vrabel wrote:
> On 04/01/13 15:15, Daniel Kiper wrote:
> > On Thu, Jan 03, 2013 at 09:34:55AM +0000, Jan Beulich wrote:
> >>>>> On 27.12.12 at 03:18, Daniel Kiper <daniel.kiper@oracle.com> wrote:
> >>> Some implementations (e.g. Xen PVOPS) could not use part of identity page table
> >>> to construct transition page table. It means that they require separate PUDs,
> >>> PMDs and PTEs for virtual and physical (identity) mapping. To satisfy that
> >>> requirement add extra pointer to PGD, PUD, PMD and PTE and align existing
> >>> code.
> >>
> >> So you keep posting this despite it having got pointed out on each
> >> earlier submission that this is unnecessary, proven by the fact that
> >> the non-pvops Xen kernels can get away without it. Why?
> >
> > Sorry but I forgot to reply for your email last time.
> >
> > I am still not convinced. I have tested SUSE kernel itself and it does not work.
> > Maybe I missed something but... Please check arch/x86/kernel/machine_kexec_64.c:init_transition_pgtable()
> >
> > I can see:
> >
> > vaddr = (unsigned long)relocate_kernel;
> >
> > and later:
> >
> > pgd += pgd_index(vaddr);
> > ...
> >
> > It is wrong. relocate_kernel() virtual address in Xen is different
> > than its virtual address in Linux Kernel. That is why transition
> > page table could not be established in Linux Kernel and so on...
> > How does this work in SUSE? I do not have an idea.
>
> The real problem here is attempting to transition from the Xen page
> tables to an identity mapping set of page tables by using some
> trampoline code and page tables provided by the dom0 kernel.
>
> This works[*] with PV because the page tables from the PV dom0 have
> machine addresses and get mapped into the fixmap on kexec load, but it's
> completely broken for a PVH dom0.
>
> I shall be ditching this (bizarre) method and putting the trampoline and
> transition/identity map page tables into Xen.

Great... Maybe I am boring but please look into
linux/arch/x86/kernel/{machine_kexec_$(BITS).c,relocate_kernel_$(BITS).c}
You could find there a lot of things which could be useful.

> David
>
> [*] Works for us in our old classic kernels, YMMV.

Ha... It works because virtual mapping of control page in transtition page table
is established in relocate_kernel() which sits during kexec/kdump execution
in control page. If you did not change something...

Daniel


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