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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 2/2] firmware: dmi_scan: Pass dmi_entry_point to kexec'ed kernel
Andy Shevchenko <> writes:

> On Sat, Dec 17, 2016 at 06:57:21PM +0800, Dave Young wrote:
>> Ccing efi people.
>> On 12/16/16 at 02:33pm, Jean Delvare wrote:
>> > On Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:18:58 +0200, Andy Shevchenko wrote:
>> > > On Fri, 2016-12-16 at 10:32 +0800, Dave Young wrote:
>> > > > On 12/15/16 at 12:28pm, Jean Delvare wrote:
>> > > > > I am no kexec expert but this confuses me. Shouldn't the second
>> > > > > kernel have access to the EFI systab as the first kernel does? It
>> > > > > includes many more pointers than just ACPI and DMI tables, and it
>> > > > > would seem inconvenient to have to pass all these addresses
>> > > > > individually explicitly.
>> > > >
>> > > > Yes, in modern linux kernel, kexec has the support for EFI, I think it
>> > > > should work naturally at least in x86_64.
>> > >
>> > > Thanks for this good news!
>> > >
>> > > Unfortunately Intel Galileo is 32-bit platform.
>> >
>> > If it was done for X86_64 then maybe it can be generalized to X86?
>> For X86_64, we have a new way for efi runtime memmory mapping, in i386
>> code it still use old ioremap way. It is impossible to use same way as
>> the X86_64 since the virtual address space is limited.
>> But maybe for 32bit, kexec kernel can run in physical mode, but I'm not
>> sure, I would suggest Andy to do a test first with efi=noruntime for
>> kexec 2nd kernel.
> Guys, it was quite a long no hear from you. As I told you the proposed work
> around didn't help. Today I found that Microsoft Surface 3 also affected
> by this.
> Can we apply these patches for now until you will find better
> solution?

Not a chance. The patches don't apply to any kernel in the git history.

Which may be part of your problem. You are or at least were running
with code that has not been merged upstream.

> P.S. I may resend them rebased on recent vanilla.

Second. I looked at your test results and they don't directly make
sense. dmidecode bypasses the kernel completely or it did last time
I looked so I don't know why you would be using that to test if
something in the kernel is working.

However dmidecode failing suggests that the actual problem is something
in the first kernel is stomping the dmi tables.

Adding a command line option won't fix stomped tables.

So what I would suggest is:
a) Verify that dmidecode works before kexec.
b) Test to see if dmidecode works after kexec.
c) Once (a) shows that dmidecode works and (b) shows that dmidecode
fails figure out what is stomping your dmi tables during or before
kexec and that is what should get fixed.

Now using a non-efi method of dmi detection relies on the
tables being between 0xF0000 and 0x10000. AKA the last 64K
of the first 1MiB of memory. You might check to see if your
dmi tables are in that address range.

Otherwise I suspect the good solution is to give efi it's own page
tables in the kernel and switch to it whenever efi functions are called.

But on 32bit the Linux kernel has historically been just fine directly
accessing the hardware, and ignoring efi and all of the other BIOS's.
So if that doesn't work on Intel Galileo that is probably a firmware


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