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Re: [Qemu-devel] Default for phys-addr-bits? (was Re: [PATCH 4/5] x86: A

From: Gerd Hoffmann
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Default for phys-addr-bits? (was Re: [PATCH 4/5] x86: Allow physical address bits to be set)
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:40:03 +0200


> > Well the crash of guest phys bits > host phys bits, should be easy to
> > reproduce by booting a 65GB guest on a 64GB RAM + 2GB swap host with
> > 36 host phys bits using the upstream qemu that forces the guest phys
> > bits to 40.
> So you supply more RAM than host can address, and guest crashes?

Yep.  The only reason we don't see this happening in practice is that
it's probably next to impossible to find a machine which has (a) only 36
physical address lines and (b) allows to plug that much RAM.

> Why are we worried about it?

It's more a issue with pci ressources.  In theory seabios/edk2 could go
figure how big the physical address space is, then map 64bit pci bars as
high as possible, thereby making stuff like etc/reserved-memory-end in
fw_cfg unnecessary.

But with qemu saying 40 phys bits are available even if they are not
this approach isn't going to fly ...


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