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Date:	Wed, 5 Feb 2014 19:50:55 -0500
From:	Santosh Shilimkar <>
To:	Russell King - ARM Linux <>
CC:	<>,
	<>, Yinghai Lu <>,
	"Strashko, Grygorii" <>,
	Andrew Morton <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ARM: mm: Fix the memblock allocation for LPAE machines

On Wednesday 05 February 2014 06:48 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 05, 2014 at 06:39:44PM -0500, Santosh Shilimkar wrote:
>> Russell,
>> On Saturday 01 February 2014 03:14 PM, Santosh Shilimkar wrote:
>>> Commit ad6492b8 added much needed memblock_virt_alloc_low() and further
>>> commit 07bacb3 {memblock, bootmem: restore goal for alloc_low} fixed the
>>> issue with low memory limit thansk to Yinghai. But even after all these fixes,
>>> there is still one case where the limit check done with ARCH_LOW_ADDRESS_LIMIT
>>> for low memory fails. Russell pointed out the issue with 32 bit LPAE machines
>>> in below thread.
>>> Since on some LPAE machines where memory start address is beyond 4GB,
>>> the low memory marker in memblock will be set to default
>>> ARCH_LOW_ADDRESS_LIMIT which is wrong. We can fix this by letting
>>> architectures set the ARCH_LOW_ADDRESS_LIMIT using another export
>>> similar to memblock_set_current_limit() but am not sure whether
>>> its worth the trouble. Tell me if you think otherwise.
>>> Rather am just trying to fix that one broken case using memblock_virt_alloc()
>>> in setup code since the memblock.current_limit is updated appropriately
>>> makes it work on all ARM 32 bit machines.
>>> Cc: Yinghai Lu <>
>>> Cc: Russell King <>
>>> Cc: Strashko, Grygorii <>
>>> Cc: Andrew Morton <>
>>> Signed-off-by: Santosh Shilimkar <>
>>> ---
>> Whats you say here ? We should get the fix for the
>> issue. If you are ok, I can drop the patch in patch system.
> Is this still an issue, or has Tejun fixed it by some other means?  I've not
> noticed anything being broken at the moment.
> Can you confirm whether we still have an issue without this patch please?
Fixes for all cases exist except 'LPAE + memory start beyond 4 GB'.
This case is still broken and  hence I posted the $subject patch.


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