Re: [PATCH v2 1/6] x86/mm/pat: Change PAT to support non-default PAT MSR

From: Toshi Kani
Date: Wed Mar 23 2016 - 10:53:58 EST

On Wed, 2016-03-23 at 09:43 +0100, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 12:35:19PM -0600, Toshi Kani wrote:
> > Right. ÂWill change to "Add support of non-default PAT MSR setting at
> > handoff".
> Please remove this "handoff" notion from the text. Every hw register is
> being handed off to the OS once the kernel takes over so there's no need
> to make it special here.

Will do.

> > I'd like to make it clear that this function does not set PAT MSR,
> > unlike what pat_init() does. ÂWhen CPU supports PAT, it keeps PAT MSR
> > in whatever the setting at handoff, and initializes PAT table to match
> > with this setting.
> >
> > I am open to a better name, but I am afraid that setup_pat() can be
> > confusing as if it sets PAT MSR.
> So call it init_cache_modes() and rename the current
> pat_init_cache_modes() to __init_cache_modes() to denote it is a lower
> level helper of the init_cache_modes() one. The init_cache_modes() one
> deals with the higher level figuring out of whether PAT is enabled and
> if not, preparing the attr bits for emulation. In the end, it calls
> __init_cache_modes(). All nice and easy.

Good idea! ÂWill do.