memblock_reserve or memblock_remove to reserve a page

Min-Hua Chen orca.chen at
Sat Sep 10 20:38:41 EDT 2016

Hi Nikhil,

memblock_reserve() adds a given memory to the "memblock.reserved" list, it
ends up to mark the given range of pages as "reserved". It means the pages
are reserved and will not be allocated to other users. The kernel still can
see the pages, create linear mappings on them, even access them by linear

memblock_remove() removes a given memory from the "memblock.memory" list,
it ends to removed from kernel's memory management system. The memory will
not have page structure, no linear mapping on them. It prevents the memory
from CPU accessing by the linear address. To access the memory (by CPU),
you must use ioremap() to create a mapping to them.

MH Chen

On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 5:29 PM, Nikhil Utane <nikhil.subscribed at>

> Hi,
> I want to reserve a physical memory page with a fixed PFN. I do not want
> this page to be used by anyone else. I am calling memblock_reserve() to
> supposedly reserve the page. I am writing some content into this page. What
> I see is that during some runs the content of this page is modified (either
> fully or sometimes partially). In few runs, I see it as intact. Is it
> expected that even after calling memblock_reserve() the kernel can allocate
> this physical page for any other purpose? How is memblock_remove()
> different from memblock_reserve? I tried reading up but didn't see any
> useful information. What I understood is memblock_remove will completely
> remove from kernel's allocation mechanism. Should I then be using remove
> instead of reserve?
> -Thanks
> Nikhil
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