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SubjectRe: [PATCH] pstore/ram: Clarify resource reservation labels
On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 2:31 PM Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
>
> On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 8:33 AM, Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com> wrote:
> > [ add Ross ]
>
> Hi Ross! :)
>
> > On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 12:15 AM Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
> >> As for nvdimm specifically, yes, I'd love to get pstore hooked up
> >> correctly to nvdimm. How do the namespaces work? Right now pstore
> >> depends one of platform driver data, device tree specification, or
> >> manual module parameters.
> >
> > From the userspace side we have the ndctl utility to wrap
> > personalities on top of namespaces. So for example, I envision we
> > would be able to do:
> >
> > ndctl create-namespace --mode=pstore --size=128M
> >
> > ...and create a small namespace that will register with the pstore sub-system.
> >
> > On the kernel side this would involve registering a 'pstore_dev' child
> > / seed device under each region device. The 'seed-device' sysfs scheme
> > is described in our documentation [1]. The short summary is ndctl
> > finds a seed device assigns a namespace to it and then binding that
> > device to a driver causes it to be initialized by the kernel.
> >
> > [1]: https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/nvdimm/nvdimm.txt
>
> Interesting!
>
> Really, this would be a way to configure "ramoops" (the persistent RAM
> backend to pstore), rather than pstore itself (pstore is just the
> framework). From reading the ndctl man page it sounds like there isn't
> a way to store configuration information beyond just size?

Ramoops needs a start (mem_address), size (mem_size) and mapping type
(mem_type), right? I think we get the first two for free based on the
size of the namespace, so really we'd just be looking for a way to
switch between cacheable/noncached memory?

> ramoops will auto-configure itself and fill available space using its
> default parameters, but it might be nice to have a way to store that
> somewhere (traditionally it's part of device tree or platform data).
> ramoops could grow a "header", but normally the regions are very small
> so I've avoided that.

Several of the other modes (BTT and DAX) have space for additional
metadata in their namespaces. If we just need a single bit, though,
maybe we can grab that out of the "flags" field of the namespace
label.

http://pmem.io/documents/NVDIMM_Namespace_Spec.pdf section 2.2.3.

Dan, is this workable or is there a better option? Is it a useful
feature to have other types of namespaces be able to control their
caching attributes in this way?

> I'm not sure I understand the right way to glue ramoops_probe() to the
> "seed-device" stuff. (It needs to be probed VERY early to catch early
> crashes -- ramoops uses postcore_initcall() normally.)

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