Re: [PATCH] x86/microcode_intel_early.c: Get 32-bit physical addressby __pa_nodebug()

From: H. Peter Anvin
Date: Tue Mar 19 2013 - 19:24:05 EST

On 03/19/2013 04:15 PM, Yinghai Lu wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 8:04 AM, Fenghua Yu <fenghua.yu@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> From: Fenghua Yu <fenghua.yu@xxxxxxxxx>
>> In 32-bit, __pa_symbol() in CONFIG_DEBUG_VIRTUAL accesses kernel data (e.g.
>> max_low_pfn) that haven't been setup yet in such early boot phase. To fix the
>> issue, __pa_nodebug() replaces __pa_symbol() to get a global symbol's physical
>> address.
> That explanation is not precise.
> __phys_addr in 32bit when DEBUG_VIRTUAL is set, it does have check
> /* max_low_pfn is set early, but not _that_ early */
> if (max_low_pfn) {
> ....
> }
> the reason should be:
> in head_32.S, 32bit flat mode, you need to switch to phys addr to access
> global variable max_low_pfn.

Uh, no.

It already does that. The problem is that __pa_symbol() breaks with
CONFIG_DEBUG_VIRTUAL at this point; we need to use __pa_nodebug().


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