Re: [PATCH resend v3] x86: memtest: WARN if bad RAM found

From: Yinghai Lu
Date: Mon Apr 23 2012 - 18:13:16 EST

On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM, Jonathan Nieder <jrnieder@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Yinghai Lu wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM, Jonathan Nieder <jrnieder@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> --- a/arch/x86/mm/memtest.c
>>> +++ b/arch/x86/mm/memtest.c
>>> @@ -30,6 +30,8 @@ static u64 patterns[] __initdata = {
>>>  static void __init reserve_bad_mem(u64 pattern, u64 start_bad, u64 end_bad)
>>>  {
>>> +       WARN_ONCE(1, "Bad RAM detected. Use memtest86+ to perform a thorough test\n"
>>> +                 "and the memmap= parameter to reserve the bad areas.");
>> You must be kidding : calling memtest86+ "thorough test".
> How about "more thorough test"?  Or do you have a better
> recommendation for users?

The reason for adding early_memtest is for debug purpose.
Sometimes BIOS mess up setting, on some booting memory is ok, but
other booting the memory is not initialized properly.

in that case: preboot memtest tools is not going to help.

also preboot memtest tools and early_memtest is not stressed enough.
--- only one process is running.
Need to run memtester multiple instances to test your memory and systems.

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