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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 2/2] x86/cpu: Move set_cpumask() calls into c_early_init()

>>> On 27.11.15 at 11:57, <andrew.cooper3@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 27/11/15 08:28, Jan Beulich wrote:
>>>>> On 26.11.15 at 17:59, <andrew.cooper3@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Before c/s 44e24f8567 "x86: don't call generic_identify() redundantly", the
>>> commandline-provided masks would take effect in Xen's view of the features.
>>> As the masks got applied after the query for features, the redundant call to
>>> generic_identify() would clobber the wrong feature information with the new,
>>> correct information.
>> I'm seriously wondering: Why would the un-adjusted feature
>> information be wrong for Xen's own use (and perhaps even Dom0's)?
> There is at least one situation when levelling PV guests where you
> absolutely do need to level Xen alongside.
> Intel mask msrs cannot hide CPUID.1.ECX[OSXSAVE], as the copy from cr4
> happens after the mask is applied, rather than before.
> The only way to safely level systems with mixed xsave/non-xsave hardware
> is to prevent Xen from turning it on in the first place.  This could be
> special cased using the "xsave" command line option, but that is just
> awkward.

I don't view this as awkward at all.

>> I view it exactly the other way around: Said commit actually fixed
>> this misbehavior.
> I am firmly of the opinion that Xen not respecting the mask options for
> itself is misbehaviour.

Because of ??? I see no reason to restrict Xen's (or Dom0's)
capabilities just because of migration considerations.

> With my feature levelling series (which is just about together now and
> undergoing testing), I don't expect anyone to used the cpuid_mask_*
> command line options in general, because the adjustments are made
> dynamically on a per-guest basis.
> This leaves the use of the command line options for debugging (which
> used to work), and for actually making the hardware pretend to be older
> hardware, which IMO is the expectation of using the options.

Which would make the patch acceptable once that series went in.


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