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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 2/6] hvm: add HVM_PARAM_VM_GENERATION_ID_ADDR

>>> On 10.06.14 at 12:27, <Ian.Campbell@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, 2014-06-03 at 14:15 +0100, David Vrabel wrote:
>> HVM_PARAM_VM_GENERATION_ID_ADDR is the guest physical address of the
>> VM Generation ID.  This parameter will be written by hvmloader and read
>> by the toolstack when updating the gen. ID (e.g., after restoring from a
>> snapshot).
>> A HVM parameter is easier for the save/restore code to work with (than
>> a XenStore key).
>> Signed-off-by: David Vrabel <david.vrabel@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Acked-by: Ian Campbell <ian.campbell@citrix,com>
> It's a bit ambiguous for hvm params which the hypervisor doesn't
> actually interpret but strictly speaking this needs to be CCd to the h/v
> guys. Added Jan/Keir.Tim.

Adding a parameter used by the tools only in general would seem fine,
yet in the case at hand it looks to be a quite questionable one: I
didn't look too closely at the series so far, and hence it's unclear to
me how any part of the tools can safely know the location of any
particular data item inside the guest kernel. Plus I don't see what
would guarantee that physical address to not change (after all
Windows does swap certain parts of kernel memory if necessary).


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