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Date:	Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:32:45 -0800
From:	"H. Peter Anvin" <>
To:	Yinghai Lu <>
Subject: Re: [tip:x86/urgent] x86, efi: Delete efi_ioremap() and fix CONFIG_X86_32

On 02/22/2012 06:20 PM, Yinghai Lu wrote:
> Why is MAXMEM used here?
> EFI reserved area could be above 4G?
> if that is the case, you will map all mmio hole below 4g.

OK, dropping this patch for now, at least from -urgent.

We really need to restrict the memory types we map, at least without
ioremap() called on them.  In theory, on x86-64, we could have a
dedicated "1:1" address for each physical address, but there is no good
reason we should ever map memory types other than RAM, ACPI and EFI by
default -- with the possible exception of the low 1 MiB legacy area.

Therefore, I don't see why on Earth we have
kernel_physical_mapping_init() create mappings for areas which are not
RAM.  It has access to the memory map at this point, so there is no
reason for it.  Unfortunately I think we still have a bunch of code
which implicitly assumes the old "PC" model with separate contiguous
memory ranges starting at 0, 1 MiB, and 4 GiB, however, there are more
and more systems where that just doesn't match reality.


H. Peter Anvin, Intel Open Source Technology Center
I work for Intel.  I don't speak on their behalf.

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