[RESEND][PATCH v2 2/2] powerpc/fadump: parse fadump reserve memory size based on memory range

Michael Ellerman mpe at ellerman.id.au
Mon Aug 8 18:56:13 AEST 2016

Hari Bathini <hbathini at linux.vnet.ibm.com> writes:
> On Friday 05 August 2016 12:23 AM, Hari Bathini wrote:
>> On Thursday 04 August 2016 03:15 PM, Michael Ellerman wrote:
>>> The code already knows how to reserve 5% based on the size of the 
>>> machine's
>>> memory, as long as no commandline parameter is passed. So why can't we
>>> just use that logic?
>> That is the default value reserved but not a good enough value for
>> every case. It is a bit difficult to come up with a robust formula
>> that works for every case as new kernel changes could make the
>> values obsolete. But it won't be all that difficult to find values that
>> work for different memory ranges for a given kernel version.
>> Passing that as range based input with "fadump_reserve_mem"
>> parameter would work for every memory configuration on a
>> given system, which is what this patch is trying to provide..
> You want me to add this to the changelog on respin?

I'm not really convinced.

Distros are going to want to specify a fixed set of values for different
memory sizes, at least that's what I've seen in the past with kdump. So
I don't see why we can't just do that in the kernel with a formula based
on memory size, and maybe some other information.

Maybe the formula is more complicated than 5% of RAM, but it shouldn't
be *that* much more complicated.


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