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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC] pass write value to in_range pointers
On Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 07:41:12AM -0400, Gregory Haskins wrote:
> Avi Kivity wrote:
> > On 06/22/2009 07:08 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> >> On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 11:45:00AM -0400, Gregory Haskins wrote:
> >>
> >>> Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> It seems that a lot of complexity and trickiness with iosignalfd is
> >>>> handling the group/item relationship, which comes about because kvm
> >>>> does
> >>>> not currently let a device on the bus claim a write transaction
> >>>> based on the
> >>>> value written. This could be greatly simplified if the value written
> >>>> was passed to the in_range check for write operation. We could then
> >>>> simply make each kvm_iosignalfd a device on the bus.
> >>>>
> >>>> What does everyone think of the following lightly tested patch?
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>> Hi Michael,
> >>> Its interesting, but I am not convinced its necessary. We
> >>> created the
> >>> group/item layout because iosignalfds are unique in that they are
> >>> probably the only IO device that wants to do some kind of address
> >>> aliasing.
> >>>
> >>
> >> We actually already have aliasing: is_write flag is used for this
> >> purpose. Actually, it's possible to remove is_write by passing
> >> a null pointer in write_val for reads. I like this a bit less as
> >> the code generated is less compact ... Avi, what do you think?
> >>
> >
> > Greg, won't Michael's patch eliminate a big chunk from your iosignalfd
> > patches? Seems like a win to me.
>
> Well, it really just moves that hunk from eventfd.c to kvm_main.c, where
> I don't think anyone else will use it by iosignalfd. But if that is
> what everyone wants, I guess I have no choice.

Wait a bit before you start rebasing though please.
I just had a brainwave and is rewriting this patch.

> >
> >> One is enough :)
> >> Seriously, do you see that this saves you all of RCU, linked lists and
> >> counters? You don't need to keep track of iofds, you don't need to
> >> implement your own lookup logic - you just use the kvm device
> >> and that's it.
> >>
> >>
> >
> > Yup.
> >
>
>




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