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

From: Dave Hansen
Date: Tue Apr 12 2011 - 12:22:44 EST

On Tue, 2011-04-12 at 11:13 +0530, Amit Shah wrote:
> 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?

If Rusty hasn't pushed the commit out anywhere, we can still amend the
commit. Otherwise, we're in a _bit_ of a pickle since you can't patch
git logs. :)

Whatever is easiest for Rusty works for me.

How about this for a replacement log?


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
feature, 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; we're under no obligation to do _anything_.
That's the state of affairs in current qemu:


This patch makes the "tell host first" logic the only case. This
should make everybody happy, and reduce the amount of untested or
untestable code in the kernel.

This _also_ means that we don't have to preserve a pfn list
after the pages are freed, which should let us get rid of some
temporary storage (vb->pfns) eventually.

Signed-off-by: Dave Hansen <dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

-- Dave

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