Re: [PATCH 0/2] Early printk support for virtio console devices.

From: Alexander Graf
Date: Fri Apr 26 2013 - 07:20:00 EST

On 26.04.2013, at 13:04, Pranavkumar Sawargaonkar wrote:

> This patch-set implements early printk support for virtio console devices without using any hypercalls.
> The current virtio early printk code in kernel expects that hypervisor will provide some mechanism generally a hypercall to support early printk. This patch-set does not break existing hypercall based early print support.
> This implementation adds:
> 1. Early writeonly register named early_wr in virtio console's config space.
> 2. Host feature flags namely VIRTIO_CONSOLE_F_EARLY_WRITE for telling guest about early-write capability in console device.
> Early write mechanism:
> 1. When a guest wants to out some character, it has to simply write the character to early_wr register in config space of virtio console device.

I won't nack this patch set, but I'll definitely express that I'm not happy with it.

MMIO registers are handled by a different layer than the virtio console itself. After the virtio refactoring in QEMU, they will be completely separate drivers. So we'll be in a similar mess with early printk as we are on the s390-virtio machine, where early printk is done through hypercalls and thus we can't directly link it to the console output.

I still don't see what the issue is with just implementing a small irq-less virtio driver for early printk.


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