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Re: [Xen-devel] return value checking on multicalls

Jan Beulich wrote:
> Many places currently don't even check HYPERVISOR_multicall()'s return
> value, not to speak of checking the individual status codes. Would it be
> acceptable to add an argument to this function to request to either fold
> all status values into a global success code, or to force BUG_ON() each
> individual status. Or should I rather add a new function with described
> behavior? Or are there other suggestions?

In the xen-pvops tree I made a general-purpose hypercall batching
mechanism, so that there's only one place which needs to check the
multicall return.  Its interface is:

/* Multicalls */
struct multicall_space
        struct multicall_entry *mc;
        void *args;

/* Allocate room for a multicall and its args */
struct multicall_space xen_mc_entry(size_t args);

/* Flush all pending multicalls */
void xen_mc_flush(void);

/* Issue a multicall if we're not in lazy mode */
static inline void xen_mc_issue(void)
        if (xen_get_lazy_mode() == PARAVIRT_LAZY_NONE)

xen_mc_flush() just BUGs if either the multicall hypercall itself fails,
or any of the constituent hypercalls.


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