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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] virtio: document virtio_config_ops restrictions
On Thu,  3 Jan 2019 17:08:04 +0100
Cornelia Huck <cohuck@redhat.com> wrote:

> Some transports (e.g. virtio-ccw) implement virtio operations that
> seem to be a simple read/write as something more involved that
> cannot be done from an atomic context.
>
> Give at least a hint about that.
>
> Signed-off-by: Cornelia Huck <cohuck@redhat.com>
> ---
> include/linux/virtio_config.h | 5 +++++
> 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)
>
> diff --git a/include/linux/virtio_config.h b/include/linux/virtio_config.h
> index 7087ef946ba7..987b6491b946 100644
> --- a/include/linux/virtio_config.h
> +++ b/include/linux/virtio_config.h
> @@ -12,6 +12,11 @@ struct irq_affinity;
>
> /**
> * virtio_config_ops - operations for configuring a virtio device
> + * Note: Do not assume that a transport implements all of the operations
> + * getting/setting a value as a simple read/write! Generally speaking,
> + * any of @get/@set, @get_status/@set_status, or @get_features/
> + * @finalize_features are NOT safe to be called from an atomic
> + * context.

I think the only exception is @bus_name (and maybe @generation, I don't
know) because it does not have to 'speak' with the hypervisor. If a
transport operation has to 'speak' with the hypervisor, we do it by
making it interpret a channel program. That means not safe to be called
form atomic context. Or am I missing something?

Regards,
Halil


> * @get: read the value of a configuration field
> * vdev: the virtio_device
> * offset: the offset of the configuration field

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