On Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 02:20:43AM +0100, Mark Williamson wrote:
> > On Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 02:04:43AM +0100, Mark Williamson wrote:
> > > > I would like to have VMware modules running in the XEN kernel, NOT in
> > > > DOM0 kernel but outside at the hypervisor level, is that possible?
> > >
> > > Nope, afraid that can't work. Xen doesn't provide all the facilities
> > > that a Linux kernel does, so it's not able to support Linux modules at
> > > all. As you noticed, it also doesn't allow loadable modules...
> > Urm, sure it does - whether the xen kernel allows modules or not is just a
> > KConfig setting. The XenSource kernel builds may not allow loadable modules
> > but all Fedora Xen kernels are fully modular. You're right that VMware
> > won't load/work, but that's a separate issue to the question of loadable
> > module support in general.
> That's true, but the OP was asking about running the modules in Xen itself
> the hypervisor level" and not in the dom0 Linux kernel. Xen used to support
> Linuxy APIs for modules, but even those have mostly gone now, so it's
> definitely not doable.
Sorry, yes, my mistake - mis-reading the earlier part of the thread.
> > > The VMware modules really both need a) to run in ring0 (satisfied by your
> > > suggestion) and to b) be supported by a full host Linux kernel.
> > > Unfortunately, with Linux running in ring 1, whatever you do you are not
> > > going to be able to satisfy both of these :-(
> > Might be able to run VMware inside a HVM/fullyvirt guest.
> Yes, that's true :-) I can run Xen inside HVM already - regularly, in fact -
> but never tried VMware.
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