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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] libxc: arm: Load the zImage to the rambase address + 2MB

On 07/03/2014 11:01 AM, Ian Campbell wrote:
> On Mon, 2014-06-30 at 15:05 +0100, Julien Grall wrote:
>> Currently libxc is loading the kernel zImage at rambase + 32KB (0x8000).
>> Kernel are usually using 1MB (or 2MB) mapping for the early page table. If
>> the kernel doesn't relocate itself this would require to virtual address
>> starting at 0xXXXX8000. This is not part of the zImage protocol, but a
>> convenience for Linux after the decompressor stage. Linux is able to
>> load at any address in the memory and it will relocate itself to respect
>> it own constraint.
> Yes, because the boot protocol does not guarantee 2MB alignment, so if
> the OS wants to rely on that then it is obliged to take care of
> relocating itself.
>> Load the zImage at rambase address + 2MB to make life easier for other
>> kernel (such as FreeBSD, Mini-OS).
> Whether or not it is easier these OSes *must* be prepared to be loaded
> at any 4k aligned address. It sounds to me like you are hoping that
> these OSes can *rely* on 2MB alignment, which is not the case. If they
> make that assumption then they are buggy, regardless of whether it
> happens to currently work with some loader or not.

Using 4K alignment make impossible to use 1MB or 2MB mapping for early
page table. Which make the code (usually in assembly) even harder to
write or to impose relocation in the assembly code.

>> FWIW, this is already the case for DOM0.
> On that basis I'm more inclined to change dom0 to use 32kb alignment.

It's not really 32kb alignment but an address in 0xXXXX8000. If the
kernel doesn't want to do relocation (because it's a pain to write in
assembly code), it has to compile the kernel with a 0x8000 offset (see
mini-os patch series).

This solution, make the kernel more tight to Xen changes. I would prefer
if we relax this change allowing easier support of new kernel to 2MB


Julien Grall

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