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Re: [Xen-devel] Patches for stable

On 04/04/18 16:27, Greg KH wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 04, 2018 at 12:38:43PM +0200, Juergen Gross wrote:
>> Please add the patches:
>> commit 038bac2b02989acf1fc938cedcb7944c02672b9f upstream
>> commit dfc9327ab7c99bc13e12106448615efba833886b upstream
>> commit b17d9d1df3c33a4f1d2bf397e2257aecf9dc56d4 upstream
>> to the 4.15 and 4.16 stable kernels.
>> Those patches are needed to boot Linux as PVH guest on recent Xen.
> So a new feature?  Why is that ok for stable kernels?

It works for kernels since at least 4.11 on Xen 4.10.

>> In PVH mode there is no guarantee the kernel can find the RSDP table
>> at the legacy location in low memory, which is a requirement for the
>> kernel to boot successful without those patches.
> Why not just use newer kernels for new Xen features?  This really
> doesn't look like a bugfix to me, does it to you?

It does. A working setup will no longer work if Xen version is upgraded
to 4.11.


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