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SubjectRe: [PATCH V2 2/3] efi: Introduce efi_rts_workqueue and some infrastructure to invoke all efi_runtime_services()
On Fri, Mar 09, 2018 at 02:37:59AM +0000, Prakhya, Sai Praneeth wrote:
> But, I guess, we have some downsides with this design:
> 1. We are doing this to have "no exceptions to use efi_rts_wq", but we will be making
> the common case complicated. i.e. When a user requests to write some efi variable,

So if the pstore use case is so important and special, I think we should
make the EFI path as fast as possible as getting that data to the pstore
is a priority.

> Alternatively, instead of playing around with in_atomic(), we could have wrapper
> functions like efi_write_var_non_wq() which will only be used by pstore. This function
> will not use efi_rts_wq and directly invoke efi_runtime_service. Just an attempt to
> make the code not look messy.

I guess.

If the write-to-pstore case is such a critical one, I guess the
exception is justified.

> That's true! AFAIK, we don't have any issues handling NMI while in efi_pgd.
> We might have issues only when, we are already in efi_pgd, NMI comes along

Can you trigger this? Or is it something hypothetical?

> and NMI handler tries to touch the regions that are not mapped in efi_pgd

If it is not hypothetical, the NMI handler should learn to look at CR3
first and return if CR3 has the efi pgd.

--
Regards/Gruss,
Boris.

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