Re: [PATCH] i386: For debugging, make the initial page table setupless forgiving.
From: Jeremy Fitzhardinge
Date: Wed Apr 25 2007 - 14:17:53 EST
Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> "H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> Andrew Morton wrote:
>>> This patch causes oopses after a minute or so running LTP's
>>> ./testcases/bin/growfiles -W gf16 -b -e 1 -i 0 -L 120 -u -g 4090 -T 100 -t
>> 408990 -l -C 10 -c 1000 -S 10 -f Lgf02_
>>> on everyone's favoutite Vaio, configured with
>> This patch only affects the initial page tables, which should have been
>> thrown out *way* long ago at this point.
> Yes. I noticed this was happening a few days ago.
> I must not have mentioned it loudly enough.
I might have introduced it as part of the paravirt_ops patches. When
setting up pagetables under Xen, we need to make sure we preserve the
initial mappings Xen put in place (it starts the VM with paging enabled,
and a sane initial pagetable). This may have leaked over into native if
it doesn't replace an existing entry.
Hm, but it should be overwriting small mappings with large ones. Maybe
I overlooked that.
> I'm halfway through putting together a patchset to address a
> bunch of these.
> I haven't yet resolved how I want to allocate the pages for the
> identity mapping of the page table yet. I can't use the bootmem
> allocate as it exists because that assumes the page is mapped
> into the address space already.
Are you going to clash horribly with the paravirt pagetable setup? We
should probably coordinate if so.
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