[PATCH] - add "fixpae" bootparam to fix/workaround #930447

Andy Whitcroft apw at canonical.com
Fri Nov 29 12:49:41 UTC 2013

On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 09:41:03PM +0100, Roland wrote:
> This patch is meant primarly for ubuntu, as they only ship PAE
> enabled kernels and don`t ship non-PAE kernels anymore.  So this
> resolves an ubuntu specific problem (as the installer disc also has
> PAE enabled kernel).
> I know it`s not perfect, but poking cpu bits in arrays is above my
> skills and i have already spent really much time with this trying to
> resolve a problem for the end-user intruduced by nothing but the
> decision to discontinue Non-PAE kernels.

I think the complaints are more about how it works that the intent.
Kernel engineers are by their very nature very risk averse, so it would
indeed be good to set the bit correctly in the cpu capability flags, and
to do that based on the machine type.

I might just have a machine which exhibits this behaviour, I will try
and look it out and see if we can morph this into something appropriate.


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