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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 2/4] xen: limit grant v2 interface to the v1 functionality

On 09/13/2017 10:45 AM, Juergen Gross wrote:
> On 13/09/17 15:50, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
>> On 09/13/2017 09:38 AM, Juergen Gross wrote:
>>> On 13/09/17 15:22, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
>>>> On 09/12/2017 02:18 PM, Juergen Gross wrote:
>>>>> On 12/09/17 18:21, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
>>>>>> On 09/12/2017 12:09 PM, Juergen Gross wrote:
>>>>>>> On 12/09/17 18:05, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
>>>>>>>> On 09/12/2017 11:50 AM, Juergen Gross wrote:
>>>>>>>>> On 12/09/17 17:44, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> On 09/08/2017 10:48 AM, Juergen Gross wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>> As there is currently no user for sub-page grants or transient 
>>>>>>>>>>> grants
>>>>>>>>>>> remove that functionality. This at once makes it possible to switch
>>>>>>>>>>> from grant v2 to grant v1 without restrictions, as there is no loss 
>>>>>>>>>>> of
>>>>>>>>>>> functionality other than the limited frame number width related to
>>>>>>>>>>> the switch.
>>>>>>>>>> But isn't that ABI violation? v2 is expected to support this (XSAs
>>>>>>>>>> notwithstanding)
>>>>>>>>> No, I don't think so.
>>>>>>>>> The hypervisor still supports it, but the domU (or dom0) isn't 
>>>>>>>>> required
>>>>>>>>> to make use of all the features IMHO. Or are you aware of any backend
>>>>>>>>> querying the grant version of a frontend and acting in another way if 
>>>>>>>>> v2
>>>>>>>>> is detected?
>>>>>>>> I am not aware of any but that doesn't mean that they don't (or won't)
>>>>>>>> exist.
>>>>>>> But isn't the frontend the one which is defining what is granted in
>>>>>>> which way? How should there be an ABI breakage when the frontend just
>>>>>>> isn't using sub-page or transitive grants?
>>>>>> People may provide both front and backend drivers and frontends, knowing
>>>>>> that v2 is available, could decide to use those features.
>>>>> No, without the functions to use them it will be impossible.
>>>> I don't follow this. Which functions? The ones this patch is removing?
>>> Yes, just after having been added one patch earlier.
>>> Right now the Linux kernel doesn't support grant V2 at all. So there
>>> surely is no driver making use of V2 features right now.
>>> Ican merge patches 1 and 2 in case you want. I just thought a pure
>>> revert of the former V2 remove patch would be easier to review,
>>> taking into account that the former V2 support was working in
>>> production environments (and even back then there was no user of
>>> sub-page or transient grants).
>> No, I don't have problems with *how* you are doing this (revert fully
>> first and then remove).
>> I am just not sure that removing these functions is the way to go
>> because we are ending up with partial implementation of v2. The fact
>> that noone is/has been using these features is IMO not particularly
>> relevant.
>> If these two were optional features then it would have been reasonable
>> to drop them.
> Why does the kernel need to support all features of an interface?
> I'm quite sure there are lots of interfaces supported only partially in
> the kernel.

I don't think partially supported interface is a supported interface.
It's just something that has been working until now.

> Having support for functionality in the kernel not being used at all is
> just adding dead code with a high potential to bitrot. I can't even test
> this functionality right now, as there are no users of it. So I'd risk
> adding something which is broken from the beginning. 

OK. That I haven't considered that.

BTW, why are you not removing (*update_trans_entry) definition from
gnttab_ops? You are taking (*update_subpage_entry) out.

> So currently my V2
> support is regarding the exported kernel interfaces the same as V1, but
> without the limitation to 32 bit frame numbers.
> And looking at
> https://lists.xen.org/archives/html/xen-devel/2017-08/msg03194.html
> I believe my partial V2 support isn't the worst idea.

I never said that ;-)


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