Re: [RFC][PATCH] virtio balloon: kill tell-host-first logic

From: Dave Hansen
Date: Mon Apr 11 2011 - 18:11:23 EST

On Mon, 2011-04-11 at 14:01 +0300, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 07, 2011 at 10:43:25AM -0700, Dave Hansen wrote:
> > The virtio balloon driver has a VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_MUST_TELL_HOST
> > feature bit. Whenever the bit is set, we must always tell the
> > host before we free pages back to the allocator. Without this
> > we might free a page (and have another user touch it) while the
> > hypervisor is unprepared for it.
> >
> > But, if the bit is _not_ set, we are under no obligation to
> > reverse the order. Furthermore, all modern qemus set this bit.
> Which qemus do this, specifically? Amit Shah just pointed out to me
> that upstream qemu.git and qemu-kvm.git don't seem to do this.

I had a conversation with Anthony about it, and I think I managed to
confuse myself somewhere. Just to be clear, all that I see in the
qemu-kvm git tree right now (df85c051d780bca0ee2462cfeb8ef6d9552a19b0)
is this:

hw/virtio-balloon.h:#define VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_MUST_TELL_HOST 0 /* Tell before reclaiming pages */

> Which qemu did you test this with?

Probably a week or two old qemu-kvm.

My changelog could probably use some work, but the patch still stands.
The only requirement we have is that when
VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_MUST_TELL_HOST is set we *MUST* tell the host, first.
But, when it's not set, we can do whatever we want.

So, we might as well always have the ...F_MUST_TELL_HOST behavior all
the time.

-- Dave

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at