RE: [PATCH] x86/microcode_intel_early.c: Get 32-bit physicaladdress by __pa_nodebug()

From: Yu, Fenghua
Date: Tue Mar 19 2013 - 19:36:33 EST

> From: yhlu.kernel@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:yhlu.kernel@xxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
> Yinghai Lu
> 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.

Max_low_pfn is not set up yet at this point, but __pa_symbol() reads it
if CONFIG_DEBUG_VIRTUAL. There is no need to access max_low_pfn or any
other data that is not setup yet if CONFIG_DEBUG_VIRTUAL.

So I think the explanation is ok.


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