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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v8 4/7] xen: Add vmware_port support

>>> On 11.02.15 at 18:04, <andrew.cooper3@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 11/02/15 07:56, Jan Beulich wrote:
>>>>> On 10.02.15 at 20:30, <dslutz@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> While coding this is up I have hit issues that I need input on:
>>> As a HVM_PARAM_ item, I would assume I should be following
>>> what HVM_PARAM_VIRIDIAN does.  It has this comment:
>>>             case HVM_PARAM_VIRIDIAN:
>>>                 /* This should only ever be set once by the tools and
>>> read by the guest. */
>>> Which is almost true.  However the code allows you to change from 0 to
>>> non-zero any time in the life of the DomU.  I am assuming that this is
>>> why xc_domain_save() and xc_domain_restore() save and restore this
>>> HVM_PARAM_ item.
>>> With the enable of vmware_port the same way, I feel it would be a bug
>>> to allow the enable after "create" to not also adjust QEMU.  Currently
>>> there is no way for the hypervisor to tell QEMU to enable vmware_port
>>> handling.  So to avoid adding this code to xen and QEMU, it looks to
>>> me that adding code to make this a true write only 1 time would be
>>> needed so that you cannot use the hyper call to change later.
>>> So, should I extend this change to cover other HVM_PARAM_?
>>> Is all this additional code (xc_domain_save(), xc_domain_restore(),
>>> write only 1 time) still better then a domain_create() flag?
>> I suppose for your case it's indeed the right approach. Which other
>> params this may be true for as well I can't immediately say, but I'd
>> certainly like to ask for adjustments to others to be in separate
>> patches (and perhaps even a separate series), with proper
>> rationale for each of them. I guess Andrew will have further input
>> for you on this matter...
> My recommendation is still to use a creation flag.  The described
> problem is exactly the reason why I dislike the use of hvmparams for
> booleans like this which really do need to be consistent for the
> lifetime of the guest.

While I can see your point, HVM params are much better scalable
(and more obviously architecture specific) than creation flags...


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