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Re: [Xen-devel] [for-4.10] Re: [PATCH v2] tools/libxl: mark special pages as reserved in e820 map for PVH

On 06/12/17 10:53, Julien Grall wrote:
> Hi Juergen,
> On 12/05/2017 04:19 PM, Juergen Gross wrote:
>> On 05/12/17 16:23, Julien Grall wrote:
>>> Hi Juergen,
>>> On 04/12/17 15:49, Juergen Gross wrote:
>>>> On 21/11/17 12:06, Juergen Gross wrote:
>>>>> The "special pages" for PVH guests include the frames for console and
>>>>> Xenstore ring buffers. Those have to be marked as "Reserved" in the
>>>>> guest's E820 map, as otherwise conflicts might arise later e.g. when
>>>>> hotplugging memory into the guest.
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Juergen Gross <jgross@xxxxxxxx>
>>>>> ---
>>>>> This is a bugfix for PVH guests. Please consider for 4.10.
>>>> Ping?
>>> I was waiting an ack from tools maintainers before looking for a release
>>> perspective.
>>> I would recommend to tag your patch is 4.10 to help reviewers prioritize
>>> review on your patch. I have done it now.
>>> I am looking at releasing Xen 4.10 in the next few days. Can you explain
>>> the pros/cons of this patch?
>> Pros: PVH guests with 4GB of memory or more will work. :-)
> They never worked before? Or is it a regression? If it is a regression
> when did it appear?

Hmm, seems we are lucky: Linux kernel will not try to map any memory
there (I just tested it). So we don't need that patch in 4.10 for Linux
running as PVH guest. Not sure about BSD, though.


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