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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v2 1/2] x86: respect memory size limiting via mem= parameter

* Juergen Gross <jgross@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> When limiting memory size via kernel parameter "mem=" this should be
> respected even in case of memory made accessible via a PCI card.
> Today this kind of memory won't be made usable in initial memory
> setup as the memory won't be visible in E820 map, but it might be
> added when adding PCI devices due to corresponding ACPI table entries.
> Not respecting "mem=" can be corrected by adding a global max_mem_size
> variable set by parse_memopt() which will result in rejecting adding
> memory areas resulting in a memory size above the allowed limit.

So historically 'mem=xxxM' was a way to quickly limit RAM.

If PCI devices had physical mmio memory areas above this range, we'd 
still expect them to work - the option was really only meant to limit 

So I'm wondering what the new logic is here - why should an iomem 
resource from a PCI device be ignored? It's a completely separate area 
that might or might not be enumerated in the e820 table - the only 
requirement we have here I think is that it not overlap RAM areas or each 
other (obviously).

So if I understood this new restriction you want mem= to imply, devices 
would start failing to initialize on bare metal when mem= is used?



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