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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 13/21] x86/virt/tdx: Allocate and set up PAMTs for TDMRs
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On 5/1/22 22:59, Kai Huang wrote:
> On Fri, 2022-04-29 at 07:20 -0700, Dave Hansen wrote:
> How about adding below in the changelog:
>
> "
> However using alloc_contig_pages() to allocate large physically contiguous
> memory at runtime may fail. The larger the allocation, the more likely it is to
> fail. Due to the fragmentation, the kernel may need to move pages out of the
> to-be-allocated contiguous memory range but it may fail to move even the last
> stubborn page. A good way (although not foolproof) is to launch a TD VM early
> in boot to get PAMTs allocated before memory gets fragmented or consumed.
> "

Better, although it's getting a bit off topic for this changelog.

Just be short and sweet:

1. the allocation can fail
2. Launch a VM early to (badly) mitigate this
3. the only way to fix it is to add a boot option


>>>>> + /*
>>>>> + * One TDMR must cover at least one (or partial) RAM entry,
>>>>> + * otherwise it is kernel bug. WARN_ON() in this case.
>>>>> + */
>>>>> + if (WARN_ON_ONCE((start >= end) || start >= TDMR_END(tdmr)))
>>>>> + return 0;
>>
>> This really means "no RAM found for this TDMR", right? Can we say that,
>> please.
>
> OK will add it. How about:
>
> /*
> * No RAM found for this TDMR. WARN() in this case, as it
> * cannot happen otherwise it is a kernel bug.
> */

The only useful information in that comment is the first sentence. The
jibberish about WARN() is patently obvious from the next two lines of code.

*WHY* can't this happen? How might it have actually happened?

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