Re: [RFC 0/3] extend kexec_file_load system call

From: Arnd Bergmann
Date: Wed Jul 13 2016 - 15:59:37 EST

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016 6:58:32 PM CEST Mark Rutland wrote:
> > we may want to remove unnecessary devices and even add a dedicated
> > storage device for storing a core dump image.
> I suspect that bringing up a minimal number of devices is better
> controlled by a cmdline option. In general, figuring out what is
> necessary and what is not is going to be board specific, so hacking the
> FW tables (DTB or ACPI) is not a very portable/reliable approach.
> Do we actually add devices in practice? More so than the above that
> requires special knowledge of the platform (including things that were
> not described in the boot DTB).
> In the ACPI case modifying a DTB alone is not sufficient to change the
> information regarding devices, as those won't be described in the DTB.
> It's not possible to convert ACPI to DTB in general.

A more likely scenario would be replacing ACPI tables with a DTB that
describes the platform in order to use devices that the ACPI tables
don't contain.

> > - Say, booting BE kernel on ACPI LE kernel
> > In this case, there is no useful dtb in the kernel.

> If the platform only has ACPI, then you cannot boot a BE kernel to begin
> with. As above one cannot convert ACPI to DTB, so one would need
> extensive platform knowledge for this to work.

I think what he meant was to pass a DTB to the kexec kernel in order
to run BE, while the original kernel can only run LE due to ACPI.

If you boot a LE kernel using DTB, the same DTB should work
for a kexec boot for a BE kernel.