Re: [PATCH][RESEND] x86: Do not write to VGA memory space ifCONFIG_VGA_CONSOLE is undefined

From: Guenter Roeck
Date: Mon Apr 05 2010 - 18:11:36 EST

On Mon, 2010-04-05 at 17:11 -0400, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 04/05/2010 02:04 PM, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> >
> > Would you accept a minimized patch like this ?
> >
> > /* Direct interface for emergencies */
> > static struct console *early_console = &early_vga_console;
> > +#else
> > +static struct console *early_console = &early_serial_console;
> > +#endif
> > static int __initdata early_console_initialized;
> >
> > This would prevent the problem while minimizing changes, and at the same
> > time permit early messages to be written to the serial console.
> >
> I'm unhappy about it, because *those early messages shouldn't exist in
> the first place*. It seems to be an indication that we're invoking
> setup_early_printk() too late. The whole playing around with max_xpos
> and max_ypos instead of using boot_params.screen_info directly is
> particularly bleacherous.
> I would at least like to see if the improper invocation of
> early_printk() can be avoided.
There are several such invocations.

1) arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S:
leaq early_idt_msg(%rip),%rdi
call early_printk

This displays "PANIC: early exception %02lx rip %lx:%lx error %lx cr2 %
lx\n" and subsequently calls dump_stack. The handler is initialized from

2) arch/x86/kernel/head64.c:x86_64_start_kernel():
if (console_loglevel == 10)
early_printk("Kernel alive\n");

3) init/main.c: start_kernel()
printk(KERN_NOTICE "%s", linux_banner);
printk(KERN_NOTICE "Kernel command line: %s\n", boot_command_line);

4) arch/x86/kernel/setup.c:setup_arch()

After that I gave up looking.

Not sure if or how those can be avoided.

Moving setup_early_printk() into x86_64_start_kernel() might be an
option, but that would require much more significant changes.


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