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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 1/2] driver: xen-blkfront: move talk_to_blkback to the correct place

On 05/15/2015 06:01 PM, Roger Pau Monné wrote:
> El 12/05/15 a les 13.01, Bob Liu ha escrit:
>> The right place for talk_to_blkback() to query backend features and transport
>> parameters is after backend entered XenbusStateInitWait. There is no problem
> talk_to_blkback doesn't gather any backend features, it just publishes
> the features supported by the frontend, which AFAICT can be done at any

1) But talk_tlkback will also allocate and initialize the request ring which
should be done after backend entered XenbusStateInitWait.

Please see the protocol defined in xen/include/public/io/blkif.h:
 *                                   Startup                                 *
 * Tool stack creates front and back nodes with state XenbusStateInitialising.
 * Front                                Back
 * =================================    =====================================
 * XenbusStateInitialising              XenbusStateInitialising
 *  o Query virtual device               o Query backend device identification
 *    properties.                          data.
 *  o Setup OS device instance.          o Open and validate backend device.
 *                                       o Publish backend features and
 *                                         transport parameters.
 *                                                      |
 *                                                      |
 *                                                      V
 *                                      XenbusStateInitWait
 * o Query backend features and
 *   transport parameters.
 * o Allocate and initialize the
 *   request ring.

2) Another problem is after 'mutli-page' ring feature get introduced, we have 
to know the max
ring pages supported by backend in setup_blkring().
If backend haven't enter XenbusStateInitWait, we may not query the right value. 

Frontend                                          Backend

in .probe:
 > setup_blkring()
  > xenbus_scanf(max_ring_pages)

                                               in .probe:
                                               ^^^^ Too late to write the real 

Thank you reviewing these patches!


> time provided that it's before switching to state XenbusStateInitWait.
> Blkfront doesn't have to wait for the backend to switch to state
> XenbusStateInitWait before publishing the features supported by the
> frontend, which is what talk_to_blkback does.
> Roger.

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