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Re: [Xen-devel] Using Xen's hypercall interface?

On 06/07/2014 23:23, Rig Gel wrote:
Hi all,

- I'm sorry if this is a repost, I was informed that this is the correct mailing list only after sending a msg to xen-users - 

I would like to compile a simple ELF which would make a simple a hypercall from a guest in order to
learn a bit more about the Xen Hypercall interface.
I tried including the hypervisor.h and -I'ing the ./extras/mini-os/ dir but it seems that I'm missing a few flags or paths in order ot make it fully compile correctly 

Can anyone hint or explain a bit what is the appropriate way to link against Xen's header files ? 
I only need hypervisor.h in order to call some hypercalls 

Attached below a sample of my code -

#include <hypervisor.h>


void test_xen_version(int vers) {

( using the xe_version hypercall is just a mere example, I would like to just know how to link/compile correctly against the required header files/libs )

It is not possible to make hypercalls from userspace directly.  Allowing such would cause all kinds of security problems.  Linux and other operating systems a kernel driver which allow hypercalls via ioctl()s on /dev/xen/privcmd.

You are best starting with libxenctrl which is a thin userspace library including OS abstraction to make hypercalls.

From memory, something like:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <xenctrl.h>

int main(void)
    xc_interface *xch = xc_interface_open(NULL, NULL, 0);
    int ver = xc_version(xch, XENVER_version, NULL);

    printf("Xen version %d.%d\n", ver >> 16, ver & 0xffff);
    return 0;

and compiled with `gcc foo.c -o foo -I/path/to/xenctrl.h -L/path/to/libxenctrl.so -lxenctrl`

ought to get you started.

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