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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 04/12] Add "handle page fault" PV helper.
On Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 04:09:40PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Sun, 2010-01-17 at 16:44 +0200, Gleb Natapov wrote:
> > On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 06:31:07PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > On Tue, 2010-01-05 at 16:12 +0200, Gleb Natapov wrote:
> > > > Allow paravirtualized guest to do special handling for some page faults.
> > > >
> > > > The patch adds one 'if' to do_page_fault() function. The call is patched
> > > > out when running on physical HW. I ran kernbech on the kernel with and
> > > > without that additional 'if' and result were rawly the same:
> > >
> > > So why not program a different handler address for the #PF/#GP faults
> > > and avoid the if all together?
> > I would gladly use fault vector reserved by x86 architecture, but I am
> > not sure Intel will be happy about it.
>
> Whatever are we doing to end up in do_page_fault() as it stands? Surely
> we can tell the CPU to go elsewhere to handle faults?
>
> Isn't that as simple as calling set_intr_gate(14, my_page_fault)
> somewhere on the cpuinit instead of the regular page_fault handler?
>
Hmm, good idea. I'll look into that. Thanks.

--
Gleb.


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