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[Xen-devel] [PATCH] Two patches fixing regression introduced by 'x86-64,

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Subject: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] Two patches fixing regression introduced by 'x86-64, mm: Put early page table high'
From: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk <konrad.wilk@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2011 13:22:20 -0400
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In a couple of days I thinking to ask Linus to pull this branch:


Which as two fixes that fix a bootup (Linux can't boot under Xen
at all) regression introduced by "x86-64, mm: Put early page table high"
(git commit 4b239f458c229de044d6905c2b0f9fe16ed9e01e). Stefano
and Yinghai have been working on patches fixing this regression
when the patch was still in x86/mm-core before the 2.6.39 merge window openned.

But we haven't come up with an acceptable general solution yet, so this
patchset provides a workaround for the problem. Peter, Yinghai - what would be
the best forum/email/conference to hammer out a general solution for this?

Currently, there are couple of ways of fixing this:
 - use pvops hooks: 
 - have a workaround in Xen MMU's early bootup code (which is what these
   two patches to this email have).
 - or remove the patch introducing the regression altogether.

Foremost important is to fix the regression, and attached patches 
achieve that. I want to remove this workaround patch when we
hammer out more appropriate semantics for the page table creation - but
that will take some time and the runway to do that in 2.6.39 is gone.

Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk (1):
      xen/mmu: Add workaround "x86-64, mm: Put early page table high"

Stefano Stabellini (1):
      xen: mask_rw_pte mark RO all pagetable pages up to pgt_buf_top

 arch/x86/xen/mmu.c |  125 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
 1 files changed, 124 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

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