Re: [Patch 6/8] powerpc: add CONFIG_KEXEC_AUTO_RESERVE

From: M. Mohan Kumar
Date: Tue Aug 25 2009 - 06:24:41 EST

On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 02:37:12PM +0800, Amerigo Wang wrote:
> M. Mohan Kumar wrote:
>> On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 11:44:03PM +1000, Michael Ellerman wrote:
>>> On Fri, 2009-08-21 at 02:55 -0400, Amerigo Wang wrote:

>>> That aside, I don't see how this will be useful in practice, if it only
>>> works for memory sizes over 4G? Or are we saying that people with less
>>> than 4G don't need crash kernels? If we're not saying that, those users,
>>> or those users' distros, still need to do some logic to work out if they
>>> have < 4GB of memory and if so pick a crash kernel size. So why can't
>>> they pick the size in the > 4GB case also?
>> True, I wanted to test the patch and when tested on a ppc64 machine which
>> has RAM less than 4GB, I have to modify arch_default_crash_size routine to
>> return 256MB (I didn't have a PPC64 machine with more than 4GB RAM handy).
>> So its better to consider machines with less than 4GB RAM also.
> OK, how about 2G on ppc? Is it safe to reserve 256M when I have 2G?

I would prefer 2G-4G 128MB.

>> PPC64 crashkernel base is always 32MB. So at least ppc64 code should have
>> its own arch_default_crash_base to return 32MB to avoid the kernel warning
>> message "Crash kernel location must be 0x2000000"
> Hmm, good point, how about KDUMP_KERNELBASE? It looks fine for both ppc
> and ppc64.

Yes, you can use KDUMP_KERNELBASE for arch_default_crash_base

M. Mohan Kumar
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