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Re: [Xen-devel] [Patch V4 1/3] usb: Add Xen pvUSB protocol description

On 07/23/2015 09:08 PM, Greg KH wrote:
On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 08:46:17AM +0200, Juergen Gross wrote:
On 07/23/2015 06:36 AM, Greg KH wrote:
On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 06:04:39AM +0200, Juergen Gross wrote:
On 07/23/2015 01:46 AM, Greg KH wrote:
On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 08:53:23AM +0200, Juergen Gross wrote:
Add the definition of pvUSB protocol used between the pvUSB frontend in
a Xen domU and the pvUSB backend in a Xen driver domain (usually Dom0).

This header was originally provided by Fujitsu for Xen based on Linux

Changes are:
- adapt to Linux style guide

Signed-off-by: Juergen Gross <jgross@xxxxxxxx>
  include/xen/interface/io/usbif.h | 252 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why is this a different interface than the existing ones we have today
(i.e. usbip?)  Where is it documented?  Do the Xen developers /

The interface definition is living in the Xen git repository for several
years now:

git://xenbits.xen.org/xen.git -> xen/include/public/io/usbif.h

That's header file, not a document describing the api here.

I suppose you want to tell me I should add something like:


Somewhere that people can refer to that describes this public-facing API
that "must not ever be broken or changed".  If you want to put it in a
documentation file, or a .h file, I don't care.
It is used e.g. in SUSE's xen kernel since 2.6.18.

I am very aware of the amount of Xen crap in SuSE's kernel, don't use
that as an excuse for me to merge it to mainline :)


Wasn't meant as an excuse, just a hint why the interface can't be the
same as for usbip. We have to ensure compatibility with those kernels

This shouldn't be a kernel/kernel compability issue, as the api talks
between Xen and the OS, not between different OSs, right?

Depends on where the backend is living. It's the backend the frontend is
talking to.

There is a backend in SUSE's kernels up to SLE12. So compatibility is
to be maintained to those kernels.

Looks as if in future there will be one in qemu.

and possibly other operating systems (BSD?, Windows?) which already
might be using pvUSB with a Dom0 based on the SUSE xen kernel.

Are there other operating system drivers today that use this API?  Is
this an API in the Xen core today that we have to support?


Some more background / descriptions would be nice to have.

I guess a documentation file giving a brief explanation about the
interfaces of Xen wouldn't be a bad idea. This could avoid discussions
like this.

It shouldn't define each interface, but the classes of interfaces which
are existing (between kernel and hypervisor, frontends and backends)
and the stability requirements. Headers like the one we are discussing
here could then refer to this document.


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