Re: [PATCH] kexec: Use EFI_LOADER_DATA for ELF core header (ia64)

From: Horms <>
Date: 2007-02-19 15:44:52
On Fri, Feb 16, 2007 at 07:35:05PM +0900, Horms wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 15, 2007 at 10:52:35PM +0900, Magnus Damm wrote:
> > kexec: Use EFI_LOADER_DATA for ELF core header (ia64)
> > 
> > The address where the ELF core header is stored is passed to the secondary 
> > kernel as a kernel command line option. The memory area for this header is 
> > also marked as a separate EFI memory descriptor on ia64.
> > 
> > The separate EFI memory descriptor is at the moment of the type
> > EFI_UNUSABLE_MEMORY. With such a type the secondary kernel skips over the
> > entire memory granule (config option, 16M or 64M) when detecting memory. 
> > If we are lucky we will just lose some memory, but if we happen to have data
> > in the same granule (such as an initramfs image), then this data will never
> > get mapped and the kernel bombs out when trying to access it.
> > 
> > So this is an attempt to fix this by changing the EFI memory descriptor
> > type into EFI_LOADER_DATA. This type is the same type used for the kernel 
> > data and for initramfs. In the secondary kernel we then handle the ELF core 
> > header data the same way as we handle the initramfs image.
> > 
> > This patch contains the kernel changes to make this happen. Pretty
> > straightforward, we reserve the area in reserve_memory(). The address
> > for the area comes from the kernel command line and the size comes
> > from the specialized EFI parsing function vmcore_find_descriptor_size().
> > 
> > The kexec-tools-testing code for this can be found here:
> >
> This looks fine to me.
> I haven't actually been able to test it because my test environment
> is currently playing up and it seems to be past that time on a Friday
> where I am capable of fixing such things - I will try again on Monady.

I have now been able to verify that this works on both Tiger2 and HP rx2620.

Acked-by: Simon Horman <>
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