[PATCH 1/8] pseries: phyp dump: Docmentation

Michael Ellerman michael at ellerman.id.au
Thu Jan 10 15:52:31 EST 2008

On Wed, 2008-01-09 at 22:12 -0600, Linas Vepstas wrote:
> On 09/01/2008, Olof Johansson <olof at lixom.net> wrote:
> > On Wed, Jan 09, 2008 at 08:33:53PM -0600, Linas Vepstas wrote:
> >
> > > Heh. That's the elbow-grease of this thing.  The easy part is to get
> > > the core function working. The hard part is to test these various configs,
> > > and when they don't work, figure out what went wrong. That will take
> > > perseverence and brains.
> >
> > This just sounds like a whole lot of extra work to get a feature that
> > already exists.
> Well, no. kexec is horribly ill-behaved with respect to PCI. The
> kexec kernel starts running with PCI devices in some random
> state; maybe they're DMA'ing or who knows what. kexec tries
> real hard to whack a few needed pci devices into submission
> but it has been hit-n-miss, and the source of 90% of the kexec
> headaches and debugging effort. Its not pretty.

Isn't that what EEH and the IOMMU are for? :)


Michael Ellerman
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