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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 1/3] kexec: extend hypercall with improved load/unload ops

Can you trim your replies?  It's too hard to find your comments otherwise.

On 17/01/13 12:28, Daniel Kiper wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 04:29:04PM +0000, David Vrabel wrote:
>> From: David Vrabel <david.vrabel@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> In the existing kexec hypercall, the load and unload ops depend on
>> internals of the Linux kernel (the page list and code page provided by
>> the kernel).  The code page is used to transition between Xen context
>> and the image so using kernel code doesn't make sense and will not
>> work for PVH guests.
>> Add replacement KEXEC_CMD_kexec_load_v2 and KEXEC_CMD_kexec_unload_v2
>> ops that no longer require a code page to be provided by the guest --
>> Xen now provides the code for calling the image directly.
>> +    if ( image->class == KEXEC_CLASS_32 )
>> +        compat_machine_kexec(image->entry_maddr);
> Why do you need that?

image->class controls whether the processor is in 32-bit or 64-bit mode
when calling the image.  The current implementation only allows images
to be executed with the same class as dom0.

It's called class because that's the term ELF uses in the ELF header.

>> +        if ( seg.dest_maddr < kexec_crash_area.start
>> +             || seg.dest_maddr + seg.size > kexec_crash_area.start + 
>> kexec_crash_area.size)
>> +            return -EINVAL;
> This way you are breaking regular kexec support which
> does not use prealocated area. As I said earlier you
> should use kexec code from Linux Kernel (with relevant
> changes). It has all needed stuff and you do not need
> to reinvent the wheel.

Yeah. I did say it was a prototype.

>> +#define KEXEC_CMD_kexec_load_v2        4
>> +typedef struct xen_kexec_load_v2 {
>> +    uint8_t type;  /* One of KEXEC_TYPE_* */
>> +    uint8_t class; /* One of KEXEC_CLASS_* */
> Why do not use one member called flags (uint32_t or uint64_t)?
> This way you could add quite easily new flags in the future.

Neither type nor class are flags.


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