Re: [PATCH v1 1/2] EDK2 Code First: PI Specification: New error codes of Host Software class

Michael D Kinney

Perhaps the term fragmented would be better than inconsistent for this condition?


The term inconsistent could be used to describe other issues with the memory map.
If we think there may be other memory map conditions that we want to cover with
the same status code, then I am fine with INCONSISTENT.


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From: Kun Qin <kuqin12@...>
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Cc: Andrew Fish <afish@...>; Leif Lindholm <leif@...>; Gao, Liming <gaoliming@...>; Liu, Zhiguang
Subject: Re: [edk2-devel] [PATCH v1 1/2] EDK2 Code First: PI Specification: New error codes of Host Software class

Hi Mike,

Thanks for the input.

"EFI_SW_EC_INCONSISTENT_MEM_MAP"? This name should be more generic yet
still describing what OSes may be expecting.

As per RELEASE_ASSERT, I agree that this definition is implementation
specific and such unrecoverable errors are already covered by
"EFI_SW_EC_ILLEGAL_SOFTWARE_STATE". So I will drop the addition of
"RELEASE_ASSERT" in the next update.

Please let me know if you have other comments or concerns, otherwise I
will send out v2 update shortly.


On 01/06/2022 18:09, Michael D Kinney wrote:
Hi Kun,

Memory Type Information is the name of an EDK II feature. Also, not all memory
type information changes required a reset/reboot. That is configurable by the

The system attribute that requires a reboot is if the UEFI Memory Map during a normal
boot is in a state that would be incompatible with a potential future ACPI S4
resume boot. Some OSes require the UEFI Memory ranges for RT and ACPI memory types
to be in the same location in normal boot and ACPI S4 resume boot.

I am wondering if we can choose a different name for the new PI Status code that
reflects this OS ACPI requirement for a consistent memory map instead of referring
to the EDK II Memory Type Information feature. That way, the PI Spec name would
allow implementations that do not necessarily required the EDK II specific
implementation feature.

RELEASE_ASSERT also seems to imply an implementation specific way the reset/reboot
is triggered. An ASSERT() is typically triggered for a condition for which the
code that follow the ASSERT() can not continue without unexpected or undefined
behavior. So the system is in a bad state that is not recoverable. This type of
state could be detected with a normal if/then/else logic in C code when looking
at system state or encapsulated in an ASSERT() that is enabled in release builds.
Once again, I think we need a different name that does not require the detection
logic to be in an EDK II ASSERT() macro.



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Subject: [edk2-devel] [PATCH v1 1/2] EDK2 Code First: PI Specification: New error codes of Host Software class


This change includes specification update markdown file that describes
the proposed PI Specification v1.7 Errata A in detail and potential
impact to the existing codebase.

Cc: Andrew Fish <afish@...>
Cc: Leif Lindholm <leif@...>
Cc: Michael D Kinney <michael.d.kinney@...>
Cc: Liming Gao <gaoliming@...>
Cc: Zhiguang Liu <zhiguang.liu@...>

Signed-off-by: Kun Qin <kuqin12@...>
CodeFirst/ | 60 ++++++++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 60 insertions(+)

diff --git a/CodeFirst/ b/CodeFirst/
new file mode 100644
index 000000000000..bbb526896795
--- /dev/null
+++ b/CodeFirst/
@@ -0,0 +1,60 @@
+# Title: Introduction of `EFI_MM_COMMUNICATE_HEADER_V3` and `MM_COMMUNICATE3_*` interface
+## Status: Draft
+## Document: UEFI Platform Initialization Specification Version 1.7 Errata A
+## License
+SPDX-License-Identifier: CC-BY-4.0
+## Submitter: [TianoCore Community](
+## Summary of the change
+Introduce `EFI_SW_EC_MEMORY_TYPE_INFORMATION_CHANGE` and `EFI_SW_EC_RELEASE_ASSERT` into Status Codes definition.
+## Benefits of the change
+Current Status Codes covered various [software class error code
+However, there are a few critical instances where the software could trigger system reboots while the corresponding case was
covered by the already defined status codes:
+1. Memory type information change triggered system reboot;
+2. Assert triggered reboot on systems that did not enable system halts;
+The unexpected system reboots above could indicate decay of system health and reporting of such generic events would provide
helpful information to OEMs to investigate/prevent system failures in general.
+The request of this change intends to expand definitions of `EFI_SW_EC_**` under Status Codes to cover more unexpected system
reboot events, which could improve Status Code futility and readability.
+## Impact of the change
+Occupy 2 new macro definitions of Error Codes under Software class Status Codes.
+## Detailed description of the change [normative updates]
+### Specification Changes
+1. In PI Specification v1.7 Errata A: Vol. 3, Table 3-61: Error Code Operations: Host Software Class, add 2 new rows below
`EFI_SW_EC_FV_CORRUPTED` definition:
+ | Operation | Description | Extended Data |
+ | --- | --- | --- |
+ | EFI_SW_EC_MEMORY_TYPE_INFORMATION_CHANGE | System will reboot due to memory type information changes | None |
+ | EFI_SW_EC_RELEASE_ASSERT | System software asserted | None |
+1. In PI Specification v1.7 Errata A: Vol. 3, Table 3-61: Error Code Operations: Host Software Class, replace the row of
`0x0014–0x00FF` to:
+ | Operation | Description | Extended Data |
+ | --- | --- | --- |
+ | 0x0016–0x00FF | Reserved for future use by this specification for Host Software class error codes. | None |
+1. In PI Specification v1.7 Errata A: Vol. 3, Section Error Code Definitions: Prototype, add 2 new definitions below
`EFI_SW_EC_FV_CORRUPTED` definition:
+ ```c
+ #define EFI_SW_EC_RELEASE_ASSERT 0x00000015
+ ```
+### Code Changes
+1. Add macro definitions in `MdePkg/Include/Pi/PiStatusCode.h` to match new specification.

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