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Date:	Wed, 09 Jul 2008 09:12:42 +0800
From:	Huang Ying <ying.huang@...el.com>
To:	Pavel Machek <pavel@...e.cz>
Cc:	"Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@...ssion.com>,
	nigel@...el.suspend2.net, "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@...k.pl>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@...hat.com>, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	linux-pm@...ts.linux-foundation.org,
	Kexec Mailing List <kexec@...ts.infradead.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH -mm 1/2] kexec jump -v12: kexec jump

Hi, Pavel,

On Tue, 2008-07-08 at 12:40 +0200, Pavel Machek wrote:
> Hi!
> 
> > > > @@ -1411,3 +1421,50 @@ static int __init crash_save_vmcoreinfo_
> > > >  }
> > > > 
> > > >  module_init(crash_save_vmcoreinfo_init)
> > > > +
> > > > +/**
> > > > + *   kernel_kexec - reboot the system
> > 
> > > Really?
> > 
> > I will change the comments to reflect the changes to kernel_kexec.
> > 
> > > > + *   Move into place and start executing a preloaded standalone
> > > > + *   executable.  If nothing was preloaded return an error.
> > > > + */
> > > > +int kernel_kexec(void)
> > > > +{
> > > > +     int error = 0;
> > > > +
> > > > +     if (xchg(&kexec_lock, 1))
> > > > +             return -EBUSY;
> > > 
> > > That's quite a strange way to provide a lock. mutex_trylock?
> > 
> > I think this is because kexec_lock is used by crash_kexec() too, which
> > may be called in some extreme environment, such as during panic().
> > 
> > > > +     if (!kexec_image) {
> > > > +             error = -EINVAL;
> > > > +             goto Unlock;
> > > > +     }
> > > > +
> > > > +     if (kexec_image->preserve_context) {
> > > > +#ifdef CONFIG_KEXEC_JUMP
> > > > +             local_irq_disable();
> > > > +             save_processor_state();
> > > 
> > > #else
> > >         BUG()
> > > 
> > > ...because otherwise you silently do nothing?
> > > 
> > > > +#endif
> > 
> > If CONFIG_KEXEC_JUMP is defined, kexec_image->preserve_context will
> > always be 0. So current code is safe. Here, #ifdef is used to resolve
> > the dependency issue. For example, save_processor_state() may be
> > undefined if CONFIG_KEXEC_JUMP is not defined.
> 
> Move the #ifdef outside the if (), then, so this is clear?

I think this is reasonable, I will do it.

> Actually, if preserve_context is always zero in !KEXEC_JUMP case, it
> might make sense to remove whole variable...

I think this will add too many #ifndef CONFIG_KEXEC_JUMP ... #endif that
is necessary. The memory and performance gain is too little to
compensate the code readability reduction.

Best Regards,
Huang Ying


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