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Re: [Xen-devel] XL low memory

See the comments in domain_build.c above parse_dom0_mem for details:


 * dom0_mem=[min:<min_amt>,][max:<max_amt>,][<amt>]
 * <min_amt>: The minimum amount of memory which should be allocated for dom0.
 * <max_amt>: The maximum amount of memory which should be allocated for dom0.
 * <amt>:     The precise amount of memory to allocate for dom0.
 * Notes:
 *  1. <amt> is clamped from below by <min_amt> and from above by available
 *     memory and <max_amt>
 *  2. <min_amt> is clamped from above by available memory and <max_amt>
 *  3. <min_amt> is ignored if it is greater than <max_amt>
 *  4. If <amt> is not specified, it is calculated as follows:
 *     "All of memory is allocated to domain 0, minus 1/16th which is reserved
 *      for uses such as DMA buffers (the reservation is clamped to 128MB)."
 * Each value can be specified as positive or negative:
 *  If +ve: The specified amount is an absolute value.
 *  If -ve: The specified amount is subtracted from total available memory.

min:XXX will not be ballooned lower than specified.

On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 9:58 AM, Dominic Russell <GTA_doum@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello,
> My understanding of this parameter, is that it sets the starting amount of
> memory, and the maximum authorized.  The memory could be ballooned down
> anyway!  Is that the case?
> I want to keep the balloon feature for now, because there is only two gigs
> of RAM on this computer...
> Thanks,
> Dominic
> From: Ben Guthro
> Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 9:00 AM
> To: Dominic Russell
> Cc: xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [Xen-devel] XL low memory
> On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 1:22 AM, Dominic Russell <GTA_doum@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> With xl toolstack, is it possible to declare a low memory parameters, like
>> we could with xend in the xend-config.sxp file, with the (dom0-min-mem)
>> parameter?
>> I did try to google this, but could only find information about the
>> xend-config file, which xl does not read.
>> I have a Dell server, on which I tested that the minimum it can go before
>> crashing the kernel is 224mb, but the current minimum set in
>> libxl_internal.h is only 128mb!  By the mean time, I changed the constant
>> and recompiled 4.2.2.  To have a parameter would be easier :).
> Hi,
> You can do this with Xen command line parameters, at boot time.
> See the first section of the following wiki page for reference:
> http://wiki.xen.org/wiki/Xen_Best_Practices
> Ben

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