Re: [PATCH] x86/speculation/l1tf: suggest what to do on systems with too much RAM
From: Michal Hocko
Date: Fri Aug 24 2018 - 08:21:01 EST
On Fri 24-08-18 14:10:54, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> On 08/24/2018 12:36 PM, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> > On 08/24/2018 09:32 AM, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> >> On 08/23/2018 09:27 PM, Michal Hocko wrote:
> >>> On Thu 23-08-18 16:28:12, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
> >>>> Two users have reported  that they have an "extremely unlikely" system
> >>>> with more than MAX_PA/2 memory and L1TF mitigation is not effective. Let's
> >>>> make the warning more helpful by suggesting the proper mem=X kernel boot param,
> >>>> a rough calculation of how much RAM can be lost (not precise if there's holes
> >>>> between MAX_PA/2 and max_pfn in the e820 map) and a link to the L1TF document
> >>>> to help decide if the mitigation is worth the unusable RAM.
> >>>>  https://bugzilla.suse.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1105536
> >>>> Suggested-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxxx>
> >>>> Cc: stable@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >>>> Signed-off-by: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@xxxxxxx>
> >>> I wouldn't bother with max_pfn-half_pa part but other than that this is
> >>> much more useful than the original message.
> >> Right, and it causes build failures on some configs.
> >>> Acked-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxxx>
> >> Thanks! Here's a v2:
> > Just realized that kvm printk's refer to the online version at
> > https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/admin-guide/l1tf.html
> > which should be easier for the users of distro kernels, should I change
> > that?
> FWIW, if it's not possible to amend anymore...
> >From a650e6a4b989c6e029ac1ab4e0a68553e074ba7a Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
> From: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@xxxxxxx>
> Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:05:45 +0200
> Subject: [PATCH] x86/speculation/l1tf: replace Documentation path with
> kernel.org URL
> The URL might be easier to reach for users of distro kernels without unpacked
> source, and be more up-to-date. It's also used in KVM warnings related to L1TF.
Yes, URL is much more convenient than a reference to the kernel source
documentation. If the link below is meant to be long lived then sure.
> Signed-off-by: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka@xxxxxxx>
Acked-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxxx>
> arch/x86/kernel/cpu/bugs.c | 2 +-
> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/bugs.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/bugs.c
> index 5c32b5006738..4c2313d0b9ca 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/bugs.c
> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/bugs.c
> @@ -705,7 +705,7 @@ static void __init l1tf_select_mitigation(void)
> pr_info("You may make it effective by booting the kernel with mem=%llu parameter.\n",
> pr_info("However, doing so will make a part of your RAM unusable.\n");
> - pr_info("Reading Documentation/admin-guide/l1tf.rst might help you decide.\n");
> + pr_info("Reading https://www.kernel.org/doc/html/latest/admin-guide/l1tf.html might help you decide.\n");