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Date:	Thu,  6 Mar 2014 18:24:14 +0400
From:	Nikita Yushchenko <>
	Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>,
	Paul Mackerras <>,
	Anton Blanchard <>,
	Hari Bathini <>,
	Mahesh Salgaonkar <>,
Subject: [PATCH] kexec/powerpc: fix exporting memory limit

When preparing dump-capturing kernel, kexec userspace tool needs to know
actual amount of memory used by the running kernel. This may differ from
extire available DRAM for a couple of reasons. To address this issue,
kdump kernel support code injects several attributes into device tree that
are later captured by userspace kexec tool via /proc interface.

One such attrubute is 'chosen/linux,memory_limit' that is used to pass
memory limit of the running kernel.

This was initialized using kernel's 'memory_limit' variable, that is set
by early init code based on mem= kernel parameter and other reasons.

But there are cases when memory_limit variable does not contain proper
information. One such case is when !CONFIG_HIGHMEM kernel runs on system
with memory large enough not to fit into lowmem.

This patch fixes initialization of 'chosen/linux,memory_limit' to use
values from memblock subsystem. These are adjusted at kernel memory
management init and thus always contain values that match reality.

Signed-off-by: Nikita Yushchenko <>
 arch/powerpc/kernel/machine_kexec.c |    8 +++++++-
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/kernel/machine_kexec.c b/arch/powerpc/kernel/machine_kexec.c
index 015ae55..372cda5 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/kernel/machine_kexec.c
+++ b/arch/powerpc/kernel/machine_kexec.c
@@ -250,8 +250,14 @@ static void __init export_crashk_values(struct device_node *node)
 	 * memory_limit is required by the kexec-tools to limit the
 	 * crash regions to the actual memory used.
+	 *
+	 * There are cases when memory_limit variable does not hold actual
+	 * limit, for example when memory was limited by no kernel support
+	 * for HIGHMEM. Reliable information is known by memblock because
+	 * memory management init adjusts it.
-	mem_limit = cpu_to_be_ulong(memory_limit);
+	mem_limit = cpu_to_be_ulong(memblock_end_of_DRAM() -
+					memblock_start_of_DRAM());
 	of_update_property(node, &memory_limit_prop);

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