[PATCH V4] powerpc/prom: Export device tree physical address via proc

David Gibson david at gibson.dropbear.id.au
Fri Jul 30 11:23:57 EST 2010

On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 11:39:21AM -0500, Matthew McClintock wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-07-15 at 10:22 -0600, Grant Likely wrote:
> > > Thanks for taking a look. My first thought was to just blow away all
> > the
> > > memreserve regions and start over. But, there are reserve regions
> > for
> > > other things that I might not want to blow away. For example, on
> > mpc85xx
> > > SMP systems we have an additional reserve region for our boot page.
> > 
> > What is your starting point?  Where does the device tree (and
> > memreserve list) come from
> > that you're passing to kexec?  My first impression is that if you have
> > to scrub the memreserve list, then the source being used to
> > obtain the memreserves is either faulty or unsuitable to the task. 
> I'm pulling the device tree passed in via u-boot and passing it to
> kexec. It is the most complete device tree and requires the least amount
> of fixup.
> I have to scrub two items, the ramdisk/initrd and the device tree
> because upon kexec'ing the kernel we have the ability to pass in new
> ramdisk/initrd and device tree. They can also live at different
> physical addresses for the second reboot.

> The initrd addresses are already exposed, so we can
> update/remove/reuse that entry, we just need a way for kexec to
> determine the current device tree address so it can replace the
> correct memreserve region for the kexec'ing kernels' device tree.

Ok, be careful with this.  You do have the information you need, but
you might have to split an existing entry.  Having a single reserve
entry to cover the initrd would be typical, but it doesn't have to
happen that way - e.g. if a firmware reserves a big region for its own
purposes, and places the initrd within that region.

Also, the latest specs do *not* require the device tree itself to be
mem reserved.

> The whole problem comes from repeatedly kexec'ing, we need to make
> sure we don't keep losing blobs of memory to reserve regions (so we
> can't just blindly add). We also need to make sure we don't lose
> other memreserve regions that might be important for other things
> (so we can't just blow them all away).

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