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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v3 1/7] xen-pciback: Document the various parameters and attributes in SysFS
On 09/07/14 15:25, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 09, 2014 at 03:22:30PM +0100, Andrew Cooper wrote:
>> On 09/07/14 15:13, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
>>> 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@lists.xenproject.org
>>>>>>> +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.
>>
>> Xen will (and by this I mean 'should', and this was the behaviour last
>> time I delved in there) only mask the IRQ if dom0 is the only consumer
>> of these interrupts.
>>
>> For any PCIPassthrough, dom0 will get line interrupts for passed-through
>> devices, but in this case pci-back should always handle the line
>> interrupts so Linux doesn't block them as an IRQ storm.
>
> And that is what it does - and this option provides the option to enable/disable
> it the system admin wishes to do it.

I still don't understand why someone would want to flip the handler to
a broken mode.

The original commit isn't very enlightening either.

David


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