Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 3/3] xen/pv-on-hvm kexec+kdump: reset PVdevices in kexec or crash kernel

From: Olaf Hering
Date: Tue Aug 09 2011 - 05:45:36 EST

On Tue, Aug 09, Ian Campbell wrote:

> > static int frontend_probe_and_watch(struct notifier_block *notifier,
> > unsigned long event,
> > void *data)
> > {
> > + /* reset devices in Connected or Closed state */
> > + if (xen_hvm_domain())
> && reset_devices ??

No, reset_devices is passed as kernel cmdline option to a kdump boot.
But its not part of a kexec boot.

> How long should we wait for the backend to respond? Should we add a
> timeout and countdown similar to wait_for_devices?

Adding a timeout to catch a confused backend is a good idea. That would
give one at least a chance to poke around in a rescue shell.

> It's unfortunate that this code is effectively serialising on each
> device. It would be much preferable to kick off all the resets and then
> wait for them to occur. You could probably do this by incrementing a
> counter for each device you reset and decrementing it each time a watch
> triggers then wait for the counter to hit zero.

That feature needs more thought. Since xenbus_reset_state() is only
executed in the kexec/kdump case, the average use case is not slowed

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