[Cbe-oss-dev] [PATCH 05/10] powerpc/ps3: Use highmem region from repository

Geoff Levand geoff at infradead.org
Thu Jun 14 03:58:44 EST 2012

Hi Michael,

On Wed, 2012-06-13 at 11:49 +1000, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> On Wed, 2012-04-25 at 19:19 +0000, Andre Heider wrote:
> > Use any preallocated highmem region setup by the bootloader.
> > This implementation only checks for the existance of a single
> > region at region_index=0.
> > 
> > This feature allows the bootloader to preallocate highmem
> > regions and pass the region locations to the kernel through
> > the repository.  Preallocated regions can be used to hold the
> > initrd or other large data.  If no region info exists, the
> > kernel retains the old behavior and attempts to allocate the
> > highmem region itself.
> > 
> > Based on Hector Martin's patch "Get lv1 high memory region from
> > devtree".
> Apologies if this has been covered before, but why not use the device
> tree?

FreeBSD (and other OS's) don't know about the Linux device tree.

This mechanism is for the bootloader to tell the OS about a highmem
region it setup, and we want to support more than just Linux.


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