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Re: [Xen-devel] [RFC PATCH v4 0/7] KVM: x86: Allow Qemu/KVM to use PVH entry point

On 28/02/2018 19:27, Maran Wilson wrote:
> Sorry for the delay between this version and the last -- it was mostly
> due to holidays and everyone being focused on security bug mitigation
> issues. Here are the links to the previous email threads in case it is
> helpful:
> V3: https://lkml.org/lkml/2017/12/12/1230
> V2: https://lkml.org/lkml/2017/12/7/1624
> V1: https://lkml.org/lkml/2017/11/28/1280
> Changes from v3:
>  * Implemented Juergen's suggestion for refactoring and moving the PVH
>    code so that CONFIG_XEN is no longer required for booting KVM guests
>    via the PVH entry point.
>    Functionally, nothing has changed from V3 really, but the patches
>    look completely different now because of all the code movement and
>    refactoring. Some of these patches can be combined, but I've left
>    them very small in some cases to make the refactoring and code
>    movement easier to review.
>    My approach for refactoring has been to create a PVH entry layer that
>    still has understanding and knowledge about Xen vs non-Xen guest types
>    so that it can make run time decisions to handle either case, as
>    opposed to going all the way and re-writing it to be a completely
>    hypervisor agnostic and architecturally pure layer that is separate
>    from guest type details. The latter seemed a bit overkill in this
>    situation. And I've handled the complexity of having to support
>    Qemu/KVM boot of kernels compiled with or without CONFIG_XEN via a
>    pair of xen specific __weak routines that can be overridden in kernels
>    that support Xen guests. Importantly, the __weak routines are for
>    xen specific code only (not generic "guest type" specific code) so
>    there is no clashing between xen version of the strong routine and,
>    say, a KVM version of the same routine. But I'm sure there are many
>    ways to skin this cat, so I'm open to alternate suggestions if there
>    is a compelling reason for not using __weak in this situation.

As you say there are many ways to achieve this and I think your choice
is fully reasonable (the other alternative that comes to mind is a "Xen
detect" function that returns a struct of function pointers).

Apart from the placement of the files, it looks great.  Thanks!


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