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Re: [PATCH v3 01/11] xen/manage: keep track of the on-going suspend mode

On Tue, Jun 01, 2021 at 10:18:36AM -0400, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
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> On 5/28/21 5:50 PM, Anchal Agarwal wrote:
> > That only fails during boot but not after the control jumps into the image. 
> > The
> > non boot cpus are brought offline(freeze_secondary_cpus) and then online 
> > via cpu hotplug path. In that case xen_vcpu_setup doesn't invokes the 
> > hypercall again.
> OK, that makes sense --- by that time VCPUs have already been registered. 
> What I don't understand though is why resume doesn't fail every time --- 
> xen_vcpu and xen_vcpu_info should be different practically always, shouldn't 
> they? Do you observe successful resumes when the hypercall fails?
The resume won't fail because in the image the xen_vcpu and xen_vcpu_info are
same. These are the same values that got in there during saving of the
hibernation image. So whatever xen_vcpu got as a value during boot time 
registration on resume is
essentially lost once the jump into the saved kernel image happens. Interesting
part is if KASLR is not enabled boot time vcpup mfn is same as in the image.
Once you enable KASLR this value changes sometimes and whenever that happens
resume gets stuck. Does that make sense?

No it does not resume successfully if hypercall fails because I was trying to
explicitly reset vcpu and invoke hypercall.
I am just wondering why does restore logic fails to work here or probably I am
missing a critical piece here.
> >
> > Another line of thought is something what kexec does to come around this 
> > problem
> > is to abuse soft_reset and issue it during syscore_resume or may be before 
> > the image get loaded.
> > I haven't experimented with that yet as I am assuming there has to be a way 
> > to re-register vcpus during resume.
> Right, that sounds like it should work.
You mean soft reset or re-register vcpu?

> -boris



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