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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH RFC 0/8] libxl, xl, public/io: PV backends feature control

On Thu, Nov 02, 2017 at 06:06:08PM +0000, Joao Martins wrote:
> Hey folks,
> Presented herewith is an attempt to implement PV backends feature control
> as discussed in the list 
> (https://lists.xen.org/archives/html/xen-devel/2017-09/msg00766.html)
> Given that this a simple proposal hence I thought to include all changes
> involved in the same patchset such that everyone see all the changes and has a
> better estimate (but restricted to xen-devel just for the RFC purposes).
> The motivation here is to allow system administrators more fine grained
> control of the device features being used by guest.
> The only change I made compared to the proposed discussed above was to use
> "require" instead of "request" as the prefix because there is a feature which

require in the above context, like:


Seems to imply that the guest _must_ have support for multiqueue and
use exactly two queues.

What about using 'config' prefix?


> has "request" in it. But if "request" is still preferred as a prefix I can 
> change
> it up.
> The scheme proposed is quite simple:
> * The directory "require" is created (inside the backend path) and within that
> directory the features/capabilities names and values are written.

I'm quite sure I'm missing something, but what's the point in having
this require directory in the xenstore backend path?

AFAICT you should just write this directly to the backend directory,
and backends should be modified to check if there's a value already
present before writing the default one.

> * Toolstack constructs a key value store of features, and user specifies those
> through special entry names prefixed also as "require". Toolstack is 
> stateless thus sys
> admin has full control over what to pass to the backend. In other words it
> doesn't look at particular feature names/values.
> * The backend will then use that for seeding its maximum feature set to the
> frontend.

Oh, I see. So the backend picks up the suggested config from this
directory together with it's capabilities and then produces the final
set of features exposed to the frontend.

In order to prevent adding more logic to the backends, would it make
sense to export the backend capabilities in /sys/ (or sysctl on BSDs)
and do those calculations from the toolstack itself, so that the
toolstack directly writes the features to the backend top level
xenstore directory?

Thanks, Roger.

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