[Cbe-oss-dev] [PATCH] Ignore memory listed in PS3 device tree

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Wed Apr 4 11:26:35 EST 2007

On Tue, 2007-04-03 at 10:45 -0400, David Woodhouse wrote:
> On Mon, 2007-04-02 at 23:16 -0400, David Woodhouse wrote:
> > > > My question remains: shouldn't Linux get that
> > > > information from the device tree, instead?  The
> > > > bootwrapper or bootloader can put it there.
> > > 
> > > Yes it _should_, but it doesn't.
> > 
> > It _used_ to. The 2.6.16 kernel just used the memory listed in the
> > device tree. That's _why_ we need this hack -- because when we boot
> > from
> > 2.6.16 with the memory listed in the device tree, it ends up getting
> > registered twice by the new kernel. 
> Why _did_ we make this change? It makes /sbin/kexec unhappy too, since
> it doesn't like the apparent lack of _any_ memory.
> It's not as if anyone's going to be expanding the amount of memory in
> their PS3, so it really needs to be dynamically detected.
> If we were to put the memory back in the device-tree, and start with a
> single region up to 0x07c00000 followed by another region with the rest
> of it, then we wouldn't need the rmo_top hack to /sbin/kexec either.

I think the right approach on the PS3 would be to have the RMO in
the /memory node... and _maybe_ the hotplugged memory in a separate
range in there, though that is less important.

Would it be possible to modify the 2.6.16 kernel to split the /memory
range in two (or is it already doing that ?). I have no problem relying
on an updated 2.6.16 when booting off an old distro.

As far as 2.6.2x is concerned, I think we should put the RMO at least
in /memory and that can easily be done by having the ps3 platform code
overwrite the /memory node content. The other approach would be to fix
it up from the zImage wrapper, but that would require booting off zImage
unless you are coming from a sane kernel.


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