Re: [PATCH V3 1/2] virtio: introduce methods of sanitizing device features

From: Jason Wang
Date: Mon Nov 17 2014 - 22:24:10 EST

On 11/17/2014 06:11 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 10:44:30AM +0100, Cornelia Huck wrote:
>> On Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:37:01 +0200
>> "Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 05:17:17PM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:
>>>> Buggy host may advertised buggy host features (a usual case is that host
>>>> advertise a feature whose dependencies were missed). In this case, driver
>>>> should detect and disable the buggy features by itself.
>>>> This patch introduces driver specific sanitize_features() method which is
>>>> called just before features finalizing to detect and disable buggy features
>>>> advertised by host.
>>>> Virtio-net will be the first user.
>>>> Cc: Rusty Russell <rusty@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> Cc: Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> Cc: Cornelia Huck <cornelia.huck@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> Cc: Wanlong Gao <gaowanlong@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> Signed-off-by: Jason Wang <jasowang@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>> Hmm this conflicts with virtio 1.0 work: we drop
>>> features as bitmap there.
>> But that's an implementation detail, no? We'll still need a way for the
>> driver to sanitize features, and I think this interface works just fine.
> Now that you mention it, I don't think we do.
> The spec is quite explicit that devices must not expose invalid
> combinations of features.
> Admittedly, BUG_ON isn't very friendly to hypervisors.
> But e.g. failing probe seems better than trying to work around
> hypervisor bugs - otherwise we'll be stuck maintaining compatibility
> with hypervisors forever.

I'm ok with failing the probe.

But it won't cost big effort to workaround only features dependencies
issue. I don't see how this block any further features implementation.
Looking at virtio-net, it also depends on network core to fix NETIF_F_*

There seems no way to get rid of maintaining compatibility, e.g the
workarounds for the buggy hypervisor without VIRTIO_F_ANY_LAYOUT support.

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