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From: Arvind Sankar <nivedita@alum.mit.edu>
To: Ard Biesheuvel <ardb@kernel.org>
Cc: Arvind Sankar <nivedita@alum.mit.edu>,
	linux-efi <linux-efi@vger.kernel.org>, X86 ML <x86@kernel.org>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 08/10] efi/x86: Drop soft_limit for x86 initrd loading
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 17:33:51 -0400
Message-ID: <20200429213351.GA1621173@rani.riverdale.lan> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAMj1kXFe0eEHnijuB3OGM2moHw0xH5viFvCiQ6Y0cLG7s=iHfg@mail.gmail.com>

On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 09:05:51PM +0200, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> On Wed, 29 Apr 2020 at 19:41, Arvind Sankar <nivedita@alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> >
> > Currently the EFI stub attempts to load initrd(s) specified on the
> > command line below hdr->initrd_addr_max (2G) and if that fails, falls
> > back to allocating at an unrestricted address.
> >
> > The only case when loading at a low address helps is for the 32-bit
> > kernel, where the initrd must be copied by the kernel into lowmem if
> > it's not there already. The limit specified in hdr->initrd_addr_max is
> > insufficient to ensure this in any case, since lowmem by default will
> > extend to about 0.9G rather than 2G, and we don't attempt to load the
> > initrd in lowmem at all for the new device-path based initrd.
> >
> > Simplify the code by dropping this optimization for the command line
> > initrd(s) as well.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Arvind Sankar <nivedita@alum.mit.edu>
> 
> It is not really an optimization, unfortunately. Commit 47226ad4f4cfd
> has the details, but in short, loading above 4 GB broke some
> platforms, so below 4 GB had to remain the default.
> 
> This was 6 years ago, and so we might be able to revisit this, but
> characterising it as a mere optimization is inaccurate.
> 

Drat. Ok so I guess this patch has to be dropped then.

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Thread overview: 57+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-04-29 17:41 [PATCH 00/10] efi: some cleanups/refactoring for efi/next Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 17:41 ` [PATCH 01/10] efi/x86: Use correct size for boot_params Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 17:41 ` [PATCH 02/10] efi: Add a helper function to split 64-bit values Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 23:51   ` kbuild test robot
2020-04-29 17:41 ` [PATCH 02/10] efi/libstub: " Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 17:41 ` [PATCH 03/10] efi/x86: Use pr_efi_err for error messages Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 18:47   ` Joe Perches
2020-04-29 18:49     ` Ard Biesheuvel
2020-04-29 18:57       ` Joe Perches
2020-04-29 18:59         ` Ard Biesheuvel
2020-04-29 19:47           ` Joe Perches
2020-04-29 19:48             ` Ard Biesheuvel
2020-04-29 21:43       ` Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 21:45         ` Ard Biesheuvel
2020-04-29 21:51           ` Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 21:53         ` Joe Perches
2020-04-29 21:55           ` Ard Biesheuvel
2020-04-29 22:20             ` Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 15:14               ` Ard Biesheuvel
2020-04-29 17:41 ` [PATCH 04/10] efi/gop: " Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 17:41 ` [PATCH 05/10] efi/tpm: " Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 17:41 ` [PATCH 06/10] efi/x86: Move command-line initrd loading to efi_main Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 17:41 ` [PATCH 07/10] efi/libstub: Unify initrd loading across architectures Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 17:41 ` [PATCH 08/10] efi/x86: Drop soft_limit for x86 initrd loading Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 19:05   ` Ard Biesheuvel
2020-04-29 21:33     ` Arvind Sankar [this message]
2020-04-29 17:41 ` [PATCH 09/10] efi/x86: Support builtin command line Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 19:07   ` Ard Biesheuvel
2020-04-29 21:39     ` Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 21:40       ` Ard Biesheuvel
2020-04-29 21:48         ` Arvind Sankar
2020-04-29 21:51           ` Ard Biesheuvel
2020-04-29 17:41 ` [PATCH 10/10] efi/libstub: Check return value of efi_parse_options Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30  4:31   ` kbuild test robot
2020-04-30 18:28 ` [PATCH v2 00/11] efi: some cleanups/refactoring for efi/next Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 18:28   ` [PATCH v2 01/11] efi/x86: Use correct size for boot_params Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 18:28   ` [PATCH v2 02/11] efi/libstub: Add a helper function to split 64-bit values Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 18:28   ` [PATCH v2 03/11] efi/libstub: Move pr_efi/pr_efi_err into efi namespace Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 18:28   ` [PATCH v2 04/11] efi/x86: Use efi_err for error messages Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 18:28   ` [PATCH v2 05/11] efi/gop: " Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 18:28   ` [PATCH v2 06/11] efi/tpm: " Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 18:28   ` [PATCH v2 07/11] efi/libstub: Upgrade ignored dtb= argument message to error Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 18:28   ` [PATCH v2 08/11] efi/x86: Move command-line initrd loading to efi_main Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 18:28   ` [PATCH v2 09/11] efi/libstub: Unify initrd loading across architectures Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 18:28   ` [PATCH v2 10/11] efi/x86: Support builtin command line Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 18:28   ` [PATCH v2 11/11] efi/libstub: Check return value of efi_parse_options Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 19:12   ` [PATCH 1/2] efi/libstub: efi_info/efi_err message neatening Joe Perches
2020-04-30 19:12     ` [PATCH 2/2] efi/libstub: Correct comment typos Joe Perches
2020-04-30 19:30       ` Ard Biesheuvel
2020-05-04 18:29         ` [trivial PATCH] efi/libstub: Reduce efi_printk object size Joe Perches
2020-05-05  7:50           ` Ard Biesheuvel
2020-05-05  8:01             ` Joe Perches
2020-04-30 19:29     ` [PATCH 1/2] efi/libstub: efi_info/efi_err message neatening Ard Biesheuvel
2020-04-30 19:38       ` Joe Perches
2020-04-30 20:40       ` Arvind Sankar
2020-04-30 20:42         ` Ard Biesheuvel
2020-05-04  8:17   ` [PATCH v2 00/11] efi: some cleanups/refactoring for efi/next Ard Biesheuvel

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