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Re: [Xen-devel] Proposal for init/kexec/hotplug format for Xen

On 26 Feb 2005, at 20:57, Rusty Russell wrote:

        This has a degree of overlap with Jeremy's excellent work: I've been
looking at the bundling of device information passed to guest OSes when
they boot, and future uses for kexec and possibly the implementation of

        For kexec and bare-metal bringup, the PPC64 port uses a fairly simple
header + flattened tree of keyword/value pairs (on PPC64, used to hold
the Open Firmware tree plus Linux extras).  This offers flexibility for
new virtual devices, etc; I propose that we adopt this format or
something very similar for Xen, first by putting a pointer into it in
start_info_t, and then migrate entries across as appropriate.

I like the idea of bringing out device discovery, bringup, teardown, recovery all into its own driver or subsystem -- it seems the obvious way to go. But I think the 'device tree' should be in the to-be-designed persistent store, and we publish an interface to allow guests to peek/poke that store.

 -- Keir

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