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

From: Amit Shah
Date: Tue Apr 12 2011 - 01:43:58 EST

On (Mon) 11 Apr 2011 [15:11:11], Dave Hansen wrote:
> 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.

Sure, the only contention was on the commit message, where you stated
modern qemus set this... qemu doesn't, and it should. Care to do a
patch for that?


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