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Re: [Xen-devel] kexec: Clearing registers just before jumping into purgatory

Daniel Kiper <daniel.kiper@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> Hi,
> Could you explain why do you clear all registers just before jumping
> into purgatory (please look into arch/x86/kernel/relocate_kernel_64.S
> for more details)? There is no any single word about that. I do not
> count comment which states what is going on. purgatory on entry does
> not assume any value in registers. Are you going to use that feature
> for something in the future (e.g. to differentiate between callers
> and/or Linux versions if it be needed)?

It has been a long time now, but as I recall the reason was to just
have things well defined and to make certain that we were not
accidentially exporting anything except the stack pointer for
applications to depend upon.

0/NULL is a good choice because if you are expecting pointer for some
strange reason interesting things happen.

purgatory is definitely not the only target and the C version of
purgatory was actually written well after kexec came into existence.

Is there any particular reason why you are asking?

> By the way, interestingly it is not done if preserve_context is in
> force.

Something different is done, and all of the registers should be
preserved from the when the return to Linux.

In theory you can swap between to kernels with the preserve_context
case.  Technically I like the ability but I don't know that it has ever
achieved much uptake.


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