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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCHv6] x86/xen: allow privcmd hypercalls to be preempted

On 02/19/2015 10:23 AM, David Vrabel wrote:
Hypercalls submitted by user space tools via the privcmd driver can
take a long time (potentially many 10s of seconds) if the hypercall
has many sub-operations.

A fully preemptible kernel may deschedule such as task in any upcall
called from a hypercall continuation.

However, in a kernel with voluntary or no preemption, hypercall
continuations in Xen allow event handlers to be run but the task
issuing the hypercall will not be descheduled until the hypercall is
complete and the ioctl returns to user space.  These long running
tasks may also trigger the kernel's soft lockup detection.

Add xen_preemptible_hcall_begin() and xen_preemptible_hcall_end() to
bracket hypercalls that may be preempted.  Use these in the privcmd

When returning from an upcall, call xen_maybe_preempt_hcall() which
adds a schedule point if if the current task was within a preemptible

Since _cond_resched() can move the task to a different CPU, clear and
set xen_in_preemptible_hcall around the call.

Signed-off-by: David Vrabel <david.vrabel@xxxxxxxxxx>

Reviewed-by: Boris Ostrovsky <boris.ostrovsky@xxxxxxxxxx>

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