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SubjectRe: [RFC] Unify KVM kernel-space and user-space code into a single project

* Avi Kivity <avi@redhat.com> wrote:

> > There were two negative reactions immediately, both showed a fundamental
> > server versus desktop bias:
> >
> > - you did not accept that the most important usecase is when there is a
> > single guest running.
>
> Well, it isn't.

Erm, my usability points are _doubly_ true when there are multiple guests ...

The inconvenience of having to type:

perf kvm --host --guest --guestkallsyms=/home/ymzhang/guest/kallsyms \
--guestmodules=/home/ymzhang/guest/modules top

is very obvious even with a single guest. Now multiply that by more guests ...

The crux is: we are working on improving KVM instrumentation. There are
working patches posted to this thread and we would like to have/implement an
automatism to allow the discovery of all this information. The information
should be available to the developer who wants it, and easily/transparently so
- in true Linux fashion.

> > - the reaction to the 'how do we get symbols out of the guest' sub-question
> > was, paraphrased: 'we dont want that due to<unspecified> security threat
> > to XYZ selinux usecase with lots of guests'.
>
> When I review a patch, I try to think of the difficult cases, not
> just the easy case.

You havent articulated an actionable reason and you have suggested no solution
either, you just passive-agressive backed the claim that giving developers
access to the symbol space is some sort of vague 'security threat'.

If that is not so i'd be glad to be proven wrong.

> > Anyone being aware of how Linux and KVM is being used on the desktop will
> > know how detached that attitude is from the typical desktop usecase ...
> >
> > Usability _never_ sucks because of lack of patches or lack of suggestions.
> > I bet if you made the next server feature contingent on essential
> > usability fixes they'd happen overnight - for God's sake there's been 1000
> > commits in the last 3 months in the Qemu repository so there's plenty of
> > manpower...
>
> First of all I am not a qemu maintainer. [...]

That is the crux of the matter. My experience in these threads was that no-one
really seems to feel in charge of the whole thing. Should we really wonder why
KVM usability sucks?

> [...] Second, from my point of view all contributors are volunteers (perhaps
> their employer volunteered them, but there's no difference from my
> perspective). Asking them to repaint my apartment as a condition to get a
> patch applied is abuse. If a patch is good, it gets applied.

This is one of the weirdest arguments i've seen in this thread. Almost all the
time do we make contributions conditional on the general shape of the project.
Developers dont get to do just the fun stuff.

This is a basic quid pro quo: new features introduce risks and create
additional workload not just to the originating developer but on the rest of
the community as well. You should check how Linus has pulled new features in
the past 15 years: he very much requires the existing code to first be
top-notch before he accepts new features for a given area of functionality.

Doing that and insisting on developers to see those imbalances as well is
absolutely essential to code quality: otherwise everyone would be running
around implementing just the features they are interested in, without regard
for the general health of the project.

Of course, if you keep the project in two halves (KVM and Qemu), and pretend
that they are separate and have little relation, imbalances of quality can
mount up and you can throw your hands up and say that it's "too bad, I'm not
maintaining that". It is your basic duty as a Linux maintainer to keep
balances of quality. I do it all day, other maintainers do it all day.

> > Usability suckage - and i'm not going to be popular for saying this out
> > loud - almost always shows a basic maintainer disconnect with the real
> > world. See your very first reactions to my 'KVM usability' observations.
> > Read back your and Anthony's replies: total 'sure, patches welcome' kind
> > of indifference. It is _your project_, not some other project down the
> > road ...
>
> I could drop everything and write a gtk GUI for qemu. Is that what you
> want?

No, my suggestion to you (it's up to you whether you give my opinion any
weight) is to accept your mistakes and improve, and to not stand in the way of
people who'd like to improve the situation. You are happy with the server
features and you also made it clear that you dont feel responsible for the
rest of the package - which is a big mistake IMO.

Also, you have demonstrated it in this thread that you have near zero
technical clue about basic desktop and development usability matters - for
example your stance on symbol space access and your stance on how to enumerate
guests symbolically are outright bizarre.

Thanks,

Ingo


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