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Date:	Mon, 05 Nov 2007 12:31:09 -0800
From:	"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@...or.com>
To:	"Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@...ssion.com>
CC:	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...hat.com>,
	Mikael Petterson <mikpe@...uu.se>,
	Jeremy Fitzhardinge <jeremy@...p.org>
Subject: Re: [GIT PULL] x86 setup: correct booting on 486 (revised)

Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>>
>>> However, that being said, doing so is trivial, and it might help some
>>> debugging hack; anything that makes debugging easier is a Good Thing[TM].
>> Yeah. Even if it was just re-using the boot-time stack area temporarily, 
>> just to give code the choice to use a common set of instructions.
> 
> If I had to do it from scratch today I would make the 32-bit entry
> point require a stack, segments and use C calling conventions to pass
> struct boot_params *.
> 
> Besides %esi I'm not really fond of requiring anything in the 32bit
> entrypoint.  At the same time I totally agree that it is always nice
> to provide way more then you need.
> 

Nailing down the interface as hard as possible is a good idea, to avoid 
tying your hands for the future.

	-hpa
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