On Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 08:09:45PM -0800, David VomLehn wrote:
> As we continue to investigate using high memory on MIPS, we keep coming up
> with odd results. The basic mapping of high memory seems to be working
> correctly, and if we use an INITRAMFS root filesystem, things seem to work.
> Things also seem to work with an NFS root filesystem if we disable
> preemption, though we get someone squirrelly behavior in some minor ways.
> Has anyone else successfully been able to use high memory on a 32-bit MIPS
> Linux port?
I've written MIPS highmem support in late 2002 for a customer who back
then wasn't interested in being the first through the 64-bit minefield.
Which back then certainly was justified - but there are now fairly
stable 64-bit Linux kernels available so if you happen to be running on
64-bit hardware don't even spend a nanosecond on thinking about 32-bit
highmem kernels. Highmem fundamentally sucks rocks through a straw.
Coming back to your question. Highmem was only ever tested to work on
SB1 and somewhat later PMC-Sierra RM9000 cores, both being 64-bit. With
the increasing maturity of 64-bit Linux interest in these went away and
as the result the highmem code started a slow bitrot - unnoticed for many