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Date:	Mon, 16 May 2016 11:24:55 -0500
From:	Alex Thorlton <>
To:	Ingo Molnar <>
Cc:	Alex Thorlton <>,,
	Dimitri Sivanich <>,
	Russ Anderson <>, Mike Travis <>,
	Matt Fleming <>,
	Borislav Petkov <>,
	Thomas Gleixner <>,
	Ingo Molnar <>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/2] Fix efi_call

On Thu, May 12, 2016 at 08:48:35AM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> I suppose the SGI/UV code is the only one using 7 arguments or more? Might make
> sense to point that out in the changelog.

First off, to everybody, sorry for the delayed responses.  I've been
AFK for a few days and forgot to set my vacation notice :(

Yes, I believe that's it.  I didn't do a full audit, but a quick glance
at the other users of this call showed that nobody else appears to be
using that many args.

> Just curious, how did you find this bug? It's a pretty obscure one, of the 
> 'developer tears out hairs from frustruation' type ...

Yes, this one was a real puzzle to figure out.  Basically I just stepped
through the assembly code from a known good point to see how we ended up
where we did.  I quite a bit of help from the vets around here, as well
as from our simulator that I used to step through our early boot code to
find the problem.

The real hair pulling mostly came from trying to figure out *WHY* we
were putting the return address in this seemingly random spot on the
stack.  After thoroughly re-reading assorted Intel (et. al.) docs about
a hundred times, I was able to piece together what I thought was
supposed to be going on here.  The solution may be simple, but arriving
there was anything but that :)

- Alex

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