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Re: [Xen-devel] One potential issue of shadow fault emulation


On Fri, Dec 21, 2007 at 10:58:49PM +0800, Jiang, Yunhong wrote:
> Currently shadow fault handler try to emulate up to four extra
> instruction for PAE guest, to reduce vmexit times.
> But there is a potential issue here: Consider the second instruction is
> a change to virtual TPR register. In physical environment, if the TPR
> acceleration is enabled, the cpu will try to access the
> VIRTUAL_APIC_PAGE_ADDR set in the VMCS. However, when we do emulation,
> we didn't cope with this situation, and will access the APIC_ACCESS_ADDR
> page pointed by the shadow. This is sure cause problem to guest, usually
> blue screen, and this issue will happen randomly depends on the content
> in the  apic access page.
> So how should we cope with such situation? Stop emulation or, continue
> emulate , but access the virtual APIC page? Or any better idea?
> Thanks
> -- Yunhong Jiang

I don't know if I'm hitting the same problem, but I also have a pretty
serious issue with changeset 15199.  In our case we see RHEL3U8 and
RHEL4U4 guests with at least 2 vcpus will consistently run into errors
on boot when fscking like so:
EXT3-fs error (device ide0(3,3)): ext3_free_blocks: bit already cleared for 
block 66191
EXT3-fs error (device ide0(3,3)): ext3_free_inode: bit already cleared for 
inode 29267
EXT3-fs error (device ide0(3,3)): ext3_free_blocks: bit already cleared for 
block 66147
EXT3-fs error (device ide0(3,1)): ext3_free_inode: bit already cleared for 
inode 32388 
Dropping back to 1 vcpu or a uniprocessor kernel alleviates the problem.

Bisecting we found that this was caused by cs 15199, and this was
serious enough for us with 32bit PAE hvm guests that we ended up backing
that changeset out for our release.  Was in the middle of trying the
same test out with 3.1.3-rc1-pre when I saw this thread :)  Looks like
3.2 has a different behavior and ends up spinning at 100% cpu when

The performance impact of dropping this patch is severe (pagefaults
about 7x more expensive than the same 64bit kernel) so I'd like to help
where I can on this.



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