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Re: [PATCH] hvmloader: flip "ACPI data" to ACPI NVS type for ACPI table region

On 13.10.2020 17:47, Igor Druzhinin wrote:
> On 13/10/2020 16:35, Jan Beulich wrote:
>> On 13.10.2020 14:59, Igor Druzhinin wrote:
>>> On 13/10/2020 13:51, Jan Beulich wrote:
>>>> As a consequence I think we will also want to adjust Xen itself to
>>>> automatically disable ACPI when it ends up consuming E801 data. Or
>>>> alternatively we should consider dropping all E801-related code (as
>>>> being inapplicable to 64-bit systems).
>>> I'm not following here. What Xen has to do with E801? It's a SeaBIOS 
>>> implemented
>>> call that happened to be used by QEMU option ROM. We cannot drop it from 
>>> there
>>> as it's part of BIOS spec.
>> Any ACPI aware OS has to use E820 (and nothing else). Hence our
>> own use of E801 should either be dropped, or lead to the
>> disabling of ACPI. Otherwise real firmware using logic similar
>> to SeaBIOS'es (but hopefully properly accounting for holes)
>> could make us use ACPI table space as normal RAM.
> It's not us using it - it's a boot loader from QEMU in a form of option ROM
> that works in 16bit pre-OS environment which is not OS and relies on e801 
> BIOS call.
> I'm sure any ACPI aware OS does indeed use E820 but the problem here is not 
> an OS.
> The option ROM is loaded using fw_cfg from QEMU so it's not our code. 
> Technically
> it's one foreign code (QEMU boot loader) talking to another foreign code 
> (SeaBIOS)
> which provides information based on E820 that we gave them.
> So I'm afraid decision to dynamically disable ACPI (whatever you mean by this)
> cannot be made by sole usage of this call by a pre-OS boot loader.

I guess this is simply a misunderstanding. I'm not talking about
your change or hvmloader or the boot loader at all. I was merely
noticing a consequence of your findings on the behavior of Xen
itself: Use of ACPI and use of E801 are exclusive of one another.




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