Re: [PATCH v3 18/21] vmcore: check if vmcore objects satify mmap()'spage-size boundary requirement

From: Vivek Goyal
Date: Wed Mar 20 2013 - 09:51:51 EST

On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 01:02:29PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:02:29 +0900 HATAYAMA Daisuke <d.hatayama@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > If there's some vmcore object that doesn't satisfy page-size boundary
> > requirement, remap_pfn_range() fails to remap it to user-space.
> >
> > Objects that posisbly don't satisfy the requirement are ELF note
> > segments only. The memory chunks corresponding to PT_LOAD entries are
> > guaranteed to satisfy page-size boundary requirement by the copy from
> > old memory to buffer in 2nd kernel done in later patch.
> >
> > This patch doesn't copy each note segment into the 2nd kernel since
> > they amount to so large in total if there are multiple CPUs. For
> > example, current maximum number of CPUs in x86_64 is 5120, where note
> > segments exceed 1MB with NT_PRSTATUS only.
> I don't really understand this. Why does the number of or size of
> note segments affect their alignment?
> > --- a/fs/proc/vmcore.c
> > +++ b/fs/proc/vmcore.c
> > @@ -38,6 +38,8 @@ static u64 vmcore_size;
> >
> > static struct proc_dir_entry *proc_vmcore = NULL;
> >
> > +static bool support_mmap_vmcore;
> This is quite regrettable. It means that on some kernels/machines,
> mmap(vmcore) simply won't work. This means that people might write
> code which works for them, but which will fail for others when deployed
> on a small number of machines.
> Can we avoid this? Why can't we just copy the notes even if there are
> a large number of them?

Actually initially he implemented copying notes to second kernel and I
suggested to go other way (Tried too hard to save memory in second
kernel). I guess it was not a good idea and copying notes keeps it simple.

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