RE: [PATCH] VMware balloon: force compiling as a module

From: Chetan Loke
Date: Wed Jun 30 2010 - 14:43:13 EST

> From: linux-kernel-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:linux-kernel-
> owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dmitry Torokhov
> Sent: June 28, 2010 7:01 PM
> VMware Tools installer requires the upstream driver to be compiled
> as a module in order to detect its presence and avoid installing
> our own version on top of it. To avoid surprises with 2 versions
> of the driver being installed and fighting with each other, let's
> force the driver to be compiled as a module unless user selects

> tristate "VMware Balloon Driver"
> - depends on X86
> + depends on X86 && (EMBEDDED || m)

None of the following questions are related to this patch.

Q1)Does vmtools handle pvscsi correctly?

Q2)In case if a VM wants to be a good citizen, is there a way for a
guest to know about the balloon-event?

Q3)What if an app mlock's its memory resources and driver's have
pinned down their pages then how does inflation work?

Chetan Loke
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