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Re: [Xen-devel] Physical memory start contraints in the Linux kernel (Was: Re: Xen osstest on Calxeda midway progress (Was: Re: [xen-unstable test] 21486: tolerable FAIL - PUSHED))

On 11/12/2013 02:57 PM, Ian Campbell wrote:
On Tue, 2013-11-12 at 14:52 +0000, Julien Grall wrote:

On 11/12/2013 02:41 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 02:35:10PM +0000, Julien Grall wrote:
During some debugging on the Arndale and Midway, I found another
I have noticed that all the kernel physical addresses must be lower than
the corresponding virtual addresses. So the delta offset compute in
__fixup_pv_table (arch/arm/kernel/head.S) must always be negative.
If this assertion is not validated, when the kernel will browse the
memory bank (sanity_check_info in arch/arm/mm/mmu.c), __phys(...) will
compute a wrong address and will result to consider all memory bank as

After digging in the code, it seems it's due to some optimization during
opcode fixup in __fixup_a_pvtable. Is it a wanted constraint?

Are you talking about the code in v3.12 or the code in -next ?

I was talking about 3.12. I have just checked -next and my issue seems
to be fixed by the commit f52bb722547f43caeaecbcc62db9f3c3b80ead9b.
I should have checked earlier, thanks.

Should we revert your Xen side fix^Wworkaround then:

For now it's only in -next. I would wait until this commit is at least in Linux master, otherwise we will likely break vanilla/distro kernel for Xen 4.4.

Julien Grall

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