Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v3 1/7] xen-pciback: Document the various parameters and attributes in SysFS

From: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
Date: Wed Jul 09 2014 - 10:14:13 EST

On Wed, Jul 09, 2014 at 03:05:56PM +0100, Andrew Cooper wrote:
> On 09/07/14 14:59, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> >
> >>> +What: /sys/bus/pci/drivers/pciback/irq_handler_state
> >>> +Date: Oct 2011
> >>> +KernelVersion: 3.1
> >>> +Contact: xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >>> +Description:
> >>> + An option to toggle Xen PCI back to acknowledge (or stop)
> >>> + interrupts for the specific device regardless of whether the
> >>> + device is shared, enabled, or on a level interrupt line.
> >>> + Writing a string of DDDD:BB:DD.F will toggle the state.
> >>> + This is Domain:Bus:Device.Function where domain is optional.
> >> I do not understand under what circumstances this should be used in.
> > So that dom0 does not disable the IRQ line as it would be getting the IRQs
> > for the guest as well (because the IRQ line is level and another guest
> > uses an PCI device that is using the same line).
> Why is this relevant? Xen (and Xen alone) actually controls this aspect
> of interrupts. Xen manages passing line level interrupts to any domain
> which might have a device hanging off a particular line, and has to wait
> until all domains have EOI'd the line until it can clear the interrupt
> at the IO-APIC.

Because Linux will think there is an IRQ storm as the event->IRQ points
to the default one. And then it will mask the event, which means dom0
will mask the PIRQ, and Xen will then also mask the IRQ.
> ~Andrew
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