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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 0/6] virtio_balloon: virtio 1 support
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"Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@redhat.com> writes:
> On Wed, Apr 01, 2015 at 02:57:35PM +0200, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
>> Virtio 1.0 doesn't include a modern balloon device. At some point we'll likely
>> define an incompatible interface with a different ID and different
>> semantics. But for now, it's not a big effort to support a transitional
>> balloon device: this has the advantage of supporting existing drivers,
>> transparently, as well as transports that don't allow mixing virtio 0 and
>> virtio 1 devices. And balloon is an easy device to test, so it's also useful
>> for people to test virtio core handling of transitional devices.
>>
>> The only interface issue is with the stats buffer, which has misaligned
>> fields. We could leave it as is, but this sets a bad precedent that
>> others might copy by mistake.
>>
>> As we need to change stats code to do byteswaps for virtio 1.0, it seems easy
>> to fix by prepending a 6 byte reserved field. I also had to change config
>> structure field types from __le32 to __u32 to match other devices. This means
>> we need a couple of __force tags for legacy path but that seems minor.
>
> Rusty, what are your thoughts here?
> How about merging this for 4.1?

I disagree with making any changes, other than allowing it to be used
with VIRTIO_F_VERSION_1.

However it doesn't seem to bother anyone else, so I've applied it for
4.1.

Thanks,
Rusty.


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