Re: [PATCH] ARM: avoid mis-detecting some V7 cores in the decompressor

From: Stephen Boyd
Date: Mon Jun 03 2013 - 18:37:49 EST

On 06/03/13 15:23, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 03, 2013 at 02:13:39PM -0700, Stephen Boyd wrote:
>> We
>> can't get any information about why the decompression failed if
>> we have debug_ll enabled. I had to patch the error() routine to
>> not while loop forever to get that print after do_decompress to
>> be useful.)
> Maybe your implementation of puts() for the decompressor is faulty then?
> Because it works for me - when something goes wrong with the decompression,
> I get a message such as:
> Decompressing kernel...
> CRC error
> -- System halted

I was expecting to see

Decompressing kernel...

CRC error

decompressor returned an error

but since we loop forever this code in arch/arm/boot/compressed/misc.c
doesn't do anything:

if (ret)
error("decompressor returned an error");

I guess that is desired though because you say we shouldn't do something

>>> I see a few solutions.
>>> 1) Relocate with caches off and then turn on caches after we're
>>> running in a location where we won't overwrite ourselves.
>>> 2) Have temporary page tables for the relocation phase that live
>>> just below the location we're going to relocate to.
>>> 3) Force bootloaders loading these types of images to load the
>>> zImage at least as high as the TEXT_OFFSET is compiled to.
>>> I don't think we can convince everyone that #3 is ok to do. I'm
>>> leaning towards #2 since we get all the benefits of the cache
>>> during the relocation phase but #1 is the obviously simple fix.
> (3) is what we've always required in the past. We already have code
> to relocate the compressed image, so we _might_ be able to do (1).
> The easy solution is to continue saying "minimum of RAM start + 32K"
> as we've always had in the past though.

In my case I'm booting a kernel with textoffset = 0x208000 but RAM
starts at 0x0. Does "minimum of RAM start" mean 0x0 or 0x200000?

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