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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 6/6] xen/hybrid: Enable grant table and xenbus
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On Tue, 2010-02-02 at 13:24 +0000, Sheng Yang wrote:
> I am not sure if I understand you right, but I think the issue is,
> there is no PVonHVM drivers in Linux upstream. The drivers are
> currently maintained by OSVs, and the one in Xen upstream code only
> support 2.6.18. So I didn't take them into consideration at the time.

True, but this is something which should be taken care of by the core
Xen-aware code not something which should be pushed down into each
driver.

Someone who wants to add PVonHVM functionality shouldn't have to go and
remove a bunch of conditionals from each driver (or worse add
alternative clauses to each check!).

> I think the "xen_evtchn_enable()" looks much better. Would replace
> these ugly lines in the next version.

I think it would be cleaner to encapsulate this in the evtchn code
rather than leaking platform knowledge into each driver. IOW the evtchn
functions should return failure if event channels are not enabled and
the driver should cope with this gracefully.

Or perhaps at the xenbus driver level we should be deciding whether or
not we have enough paravirtualisation to be worth probing the drivers at
all?

Ian.



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