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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v2 1/4] asm-x86/monitor: Enable svm monitor events

On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 4:21 PM, Tamas K Lengyel <tamas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 3:28 AM, George Dunlap <dunlapg@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 3:25 PM, Alexandru Isaila
>> <aisaila@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> This commit separates the svm caps from the vmx caps.
>> I can see how the patch relates to the description here, but it's not
>> immediately clear how it relates to the title.
>> A good "template" to start with for any commit message is:
>> 1. What the current situation is
>> 2. Why that's a problem
>> 3. How this patch fixes it
>> The only time you should omit any of these is if it's completely obvious.
>> In this case, it looks like the answers would look like:
>> 1. Only a subset of the monitor features are available on AMD, but all
>> capabilities are passed regardless of the processor architecture.
>> 2. This means that the majority of functionality advertized in
>> 'capabilities' is actually broken when running under AMD.
> It is not broken under AMD. What is being reported there is that it is
> no monitor option is supported - ie. capabilities = 0. The whole thing
> is gated on cpu_has_vmx.

Ah, right, I missed that.

So what about a description like the following:

Currently we report no capabilities at all on AMD hardware.  However,
there are a core set of capabilities which will already work out of
the box.  Unconditionally report capabilities that currently work on
both AMD and Intel, separating out capabilities which are only
implemented on Intel cpus at the moment.

(I haven't caught up on my mail yet, so maybe this message will be
moot -- in which case just ignore it.)


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