Re: [PATCH 01/35] lmb: prepare x86 to use lmb to replace early_res

From: H. Peter Anvin
Date: Mon May 17 2010 - 18:20:24 EST

On 05/17/2010 03:02 PM, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Mon, 2010-05-17 at 11:03 -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>> On 05/14/2010 01:09 AM, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
>>> No. That is not the point. Read the rest of my email !
>>> We need to -sanitize- those errors. _Maybe_ exposing LMB_ERROR is the
>>> right way to do so, but in that case, we need to make -all- function use
>>> the same error code. Right now, some fail with 0 and some with
>> Using errnos like the rest of the kernel seems like the right thing to
>> do, IMO.
> Maybe. The allocator/find functions return a physical address. If we all
> agree that a physical address between -PAGE_SIZE and 0 is never valid,
> then we can overlay the negative errno codes like we do for pointers.
> I'll have a look at that, it shouldn't be very hard.

For x86 with 64-bit resource_t, this is always true (physical addresses
are never negative.) For x86 with 32-bit resource_t negative physical
addresses can be negative, but the top of the address space will always
be occupied by the boot ROM (it's a hardware constraint.)

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