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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v3 27/32] libxc: change the position of the special pages

El 03/07/15 a les 13.35, Roger Pau Monne ha escrit:
> Change the physical memory address of the special pages when there are no
> emulated devices. On HVM guests the special pages have always been reserved
> so that they end at the 0xff000 pfn, but there are some problems with this
> approach when used without emulated devices:
>  - If we want to allow HVMlite to be used for Dom0 those special pages
>    cannot be placed inside of the MMIO hole or else they may clash with MMIO
>    regions of physical devices passed-through to Dom0.
>  - If there's no emulated devices the guests needs to access the console
>    page and the command line very early during boot. This is a problem for
>    FreeBSD at least, since the early page tables only map memory up to 1GiB.
> So instead append the special pages after the kernel and ramdisk. The guest
> must make sure it figures out the position of those pages very early during
> boot, since the region is not marked as reserved in the memory map.

After thinking a little bit about this, I don't think this is the right
solution. Placing all the special pages after the kernel/ramdisk will
make it quite hard to use bootloaders like pvgrub inside of HVMlite
guests. I will see if I can come up with a better way to solve this,
comments welcome.


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