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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH RFC 3/6] kexec: export PG_offline to VMCOREINFO

On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 01:11:02PM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
> I am not familiar with kexec to judge this particular patch but we
> cannot simply define any range for these pages (same as for hwpoison
> ones) because they can be almost anywhere in the available memory range.
> Then there can be countless of them. There is no other way to rule them
> out but to check the page state.

I guess, especially if it is a monster box with a lot of memory in it.

> I am not really sure what is the concern here exactly. Kdump is so
> closly tight to the specific kernel version that the api exported
> specifically for its purpose cannot be seriously considered an ABI.
> Kdump has to adopt all the time.


Except, when people start ogling vmcoreinfo for other things and start
exporting all kinds of kernel internals in there, my alarm bells start

But ok, kdump *is* special and I guess that's fine.


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