Re: [PATCH] ACPI: Implement overriding of arbitrary ACPI tables via initrd

From: Thomas Renninger
Date: Mon Mar 26 2012 - 10:19:33 EST

On Monday, March 26, 2012 03:25:17 AM H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 03/25/2012 05:45 PM, Thomas Renninger wrote:
> > Best would be if no distro specific mkinitrd magic is needed and it's
> > just as easy as it is:
> > cp DSDT.aml /boot/initrd-test
> > cat /boot/initrd >>/boot/initrd-test
> > and add a test boot entry to grub's menu.lst or whereever.
> > Then developers would not have to look at distro specific implementations
> > (which should not exist) about how to test a table quickly.
> There is no distro-specific magic needed. What I'm proposing is
> basically what you have above, except that your DSDT.aml would be
> wrapped in a cpio header. What I would like to ask from you is if it
> makes sense to have kernel/acpi/DSDT, kernel/acpi/SSDT and so on, or
> just make it a single kernel/acpi member.
Do the names have to be fixed?
Then it would not make much sense. Possibly placeholder file names like:
could be defined.
Especially the possibility of several SSDTs makes a naming convention
rather ugly: SSDT1.aml, SSDT2.aml...
If there is a directory which (only) contains all ACPI table files that can
be scanned and the file names do not matter, it's rather nice to set it
up in userspace. I guess I have to do 2 iterations then:
- Go through all files in this dir, validate each as a valid ACPI table
and sum up the size of all these files -> Reserve "size of all files".
- Then do a 2nd iteration and copy all these files into the reserved
memory area.

If there is only one file where all ACPI table binaries are glued
together kernel/acpi_tables.binary.blob
my code should already work as good as unmodified.

Not sure what is best and whether anybody cares about how the tables
are layed out.

I guess I just wait until your functionality is in linux-next and
give it a closer look then and may come up with a new patch.

> By wrapping in a cpio container it becomes a generic mechanism.
> >> By the way, if "relying on the bootloader" was an option in any way
> >
> > Why exactly is a change in the bootloader not an option?
> > Not sure whether a version number is passed, but the magic number could be
> > changed for now.
> There are a lot of bootloaders, and one of the most commonly used ones
> has a very adversarial relationship with the kernel maintainers.
> > If the new magic number is passed, we get a linked list.
> The linked list stuff is already supported. This interface has been
> supported in the kernel since 2007.
Ok, got it. Thanks.

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