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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 0/3] Append new variables to vmcoreinfo (TCR_EL1.T1SZ for arm64 and MAX_PHYSMEM_BITS for all archs)
Bhupesh,

On Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 01:24:17AM +0530, Bhupesh Sharma wrote:
> Hi Akashi,
>
> On Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 12:11 PM AKASHI Takahiro
> <takahiro.akashi@linaro.org> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Bhupesh,
> >
> > Do you have a corresponding patch for userspace tools,
> > including crash util and/or makedumpfile?
> > Otherwise, we can't verify that a generated core file is
> > correctly handled.
>
> Sure. I am still working on the crash-utility related changes, but you
> can find the makedumpfile changes I posted a couple of days ago here
> (see [0]) and the github link for the makedumpfile changes can be seen
> via [1].
>
> I will post the crash-util changes shortly as well.
> Thanks for having a look at the same.

Thank you.
I have tested my kdump patch with a hacked version of crash
where VA_BITS_ACTUAL is calculated from tcr_el1_t1sz in vmcoreinfo.

-Takahiro Akashi


> [0]. http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/kexec/2019-November/023963.html
> [1]. https://github.com/bhupesh-sharma/makedumpfile/tree/52-bit-va-support-via-vmcore-upstream-v4
>
> Regards,
> Bhupesh
>
> >
> > Thanks,
> > -Takahiro Akashi
> >
> > On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 01:31:19PM +0530, Bhupesh Sharma wrote:
> > > Changes since v3:
> > > ----------------
> > > - v3 can be seen here:
> > > http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/kexec/2019-March/022590.html
> > > - Addressed comments from James and exported TCR_EL1.T1SZ in vmcoreinfo
> > > instead of PTRS_PER_PGD.
> > > - Added a new patch (via [PATCH 3/3]), which fixes a simple typo in
> > > 'Documentation/arm64/memory.rst'
> > >
> > > Changes since v2:
> > > ----------------
> > > - v2 can be seen here:
> > > http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/kexec/2019-March/022531.html
> > > - Protected 'MAX_PHYSMEM_BITS' vmcoreinfo variable under CONFIG_SPARSEMEM
> > > ifdef sections, as suggested by Kazu.
> > > - Updated vmcoreinfo documentation to add description about
> > > 'MAX_PHYSMEM_BITS' variable (via [PATCH 3/3]).
> > >
> > > Changes since v1:
> > > ----------------
> > > - v1 was sent out as a single patch which can be seen here:
> > > http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/kexec/2019-February/022411.html
> > >
> > > - v2 breaks the single patch into two independent patches:
> > > [PATCH 1/2] appends 'PTRS_PER_PGD' to vmcoreinfo for arm64 arch, whereas
> > > [PATCH 2/2] appends 'MAX_PHYSMEM_BITS' to vmcoreinfo in core kernel code (all archs)
> > >
> > > This patchset primarily fixes the regression reported in user-space
> > > utilities like 'makedumpfile' and 'crash-utility' on arm64 architecture
> > > with the availability of 52-bit address space feature in underlying
> > > kernel. These regressions have been reported both on CPUs which don't
> > > support ARMv8.2 extensions (i.e. LVA, LPA) and are running newer kernels
> > > and also on prototype platforms (like ARMv8 FVP simulator model) which
> > > support ARMv8.2 extensions and are running newer kernels.
> > >
> > > The reason for these regressions is that right now user-space tools
> > > have no direct access to these values (since these are not exported
> > > from the kernel) and hence need to rely on a best-guess method of
> > > determining value of 'vabits_actual' and 'MAX_PHYSMEM_BITS' supported
> > > by underlying kernel.
> > >
> > > Exporting these values via vmcoreinfo will help user-land in such cases.
> > > In addition, as per suggestion from makedumpfile maintainer (Kazu),
> > > it makes more sense to append 'MAX_PHYSMEM_BITS' to
> > > vmcoreinfo in the core code itself rather than in arm64 arch-specific
> > > code, so that the user-space code for other archs can also benefit from
> > > this addition to the vmcoreinfo and use it as a standard way of
> > > determining 'SECTIONS_SHIFT' value in user-land.
> > >
> > > Cc: Boris Petkov <bp@alien8.de>
> > > Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>
> > > Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
> > > Cc: Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net>
> > > Cc: James Morse <james.morse@arm.com>
> > > Cc: Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@arm.com>
> > > Cc: Will Deacon <will@kernel.org>
> > > Cc: Steve Capper <steve.capper@arm.com>
> > > Cc: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@arm.com>
> > > Cc: Ard Biesheuvel <ard.biesheuvel@linaro.org>
> > > Cc: Michael Ellerman <mpe@ellerman.id.au>
> > > Cc: Paul Mackerras <paulus@samba.org>
> > > Cc: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh@kernel.crashing.org>
> > > Cc: Dave Anderson <anderson@redhat.com>
> > > Cc: Kazuhito Hagio <k-hagio@ab.jp.nec.com>
> > > Cc: x86@kernel.org
> > > Cc: linuxppc-dev@lists.ozlabs.org
> > > Cc: linux-arm-kernel@lists.infradead.org
> > > Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> > > Cc: linux-doc@vger.kernel.org
> > > Cc: kexec@lists.infradead.org
> > >
> > > Bhupesh Sharma (3):
> > > crash_core, vmcoreinfo: Append 'MAX_PHYSMEM_BITS' to vmcoreinfo
> > > arm64/crash_core: Export TCR_EL1.T1SZ in vmcoreinfo
> > > Documentation/arm64: Fix a simple typo in memory.rst
> > >
> > > Documentation/arm64/memory.rst | 2 +-
> > > arch/arm64/include/asm/pgtable-hwdef.h | 1 +
> > > arch/arm64/kernel/crash_core.c | 9 +++++++++
> > > kernel/crash_core.c | 1 +
> > > 4 files changed, 12 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> > >
> > > --
> > > 2.7.4
> > >
> >
>

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