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Re: [Xen-devel] [RFC v1 4/8] x86/init: add linker table support

On Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
<konrad.wilk@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> +static bool x86_init_fn_supports_subarch(struct x86_init_fn *fn)
>> +{
>> +     if (!fn->supp_hardware_subarch) {
>> +             pr_err("Init sequence fails to declares any supported 
>> subarchs: %pF\n", fn->early_init);
>> +             WARN_ON(1);
>> +     }
>> +     if (BIT(boot_params.hdr.hardware_subarch) & fn->supp_hardware_subarch)
>> +             return true;
>> +     return false;
>> +}
> So the logic for this working is that boot_params.hdr.hardware_subarch
> And the macros define two: BIT(X86_SUBARCH_PC) or BIT(X86_SUBARCH_XEN).
> But hardware_subarch by default is set to zero. Which means if GRUB2, 
> PXELinux, Xen multiboot1
> don't set it - then the X86_SUBARCH_PC is choosen right?
>  1 << 0 & 1 << X86_SUBARCH_PC (which is zero).
> For this to nicely work with Xen it ought to do this:
> diff --git a/arch/x86/xen/enlighten.c b/arch/x86/xen/enlighten.c
> index 993b7a7..6cf9afd 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/xen/enlighten.c
> +++ b/arch/x86/xen/enlighten.c
> @@ -1676,6 +1676,7 @@ asmlinkage __visible void __init xen_start_kernel(void)
>         boot_params.hdr.ramdisk_image = initrd_start;
>         boot_params.hdr.ramdisk_size = xen_start_info->mod_len;
>         boot_params.hdr.cmd_line_ptr = __pa(xen_start_info->cmd_line);
> +       boot_params.hdr.hardware_subarch = X86_SUBARCH_XEN;
>         if (!xen_initial_domain()) {
>                 add_preferred_console("xenboot", 0, NULL);
> ?

That's correct for PV and PVH, likewise when qemu is required for HVM
qemu could set it. I have the qemu change done but that should only
cover HVM. A common place to set this as well could be the hypervisor,
but currently the hypervisor doesn't set any boot_params, instead a
generic struct is passed and the kernel code (for any OS) is expected
to interpret this and then set the required values for the OS in the
init path. Long term though if we wanted to merge init further one way
could be to have the hypervisor just set the zero page cleanly for the
different modes. If we needed more data other than the
hardware_subarch we also have the hardware_subarch_data, that's a u64
, and how that is used would be up to the subarch. In Xen's case it
could do what it wants with it. That would still mean perhaps defining
as part of a Xen boot protocol a place where xen specific code can
count on finding more Xen data passed by the hypervisor, the
xen_start_info. That is, if we wanted to merge init paths this is
something to consider.

One thing I considered on the question of who should set the zero page
for Xen with the prospect of merging inits, or at least this subarch
for both short term and long term are the obvious implications in
terms of hypervisor / kernel / qemu combination requirements if the
subarch is needed. Having it set in the kernel is an obvious immediate
choice for PV / PVH but it means we can't merge init paths completely
(down to asm inits), we'd still be able to merge some C init paths
though, the first entry would still be different. Having the zero page
set on the hypervisor would go long ways but it would mean a
hypervisor change required.

These prospects are worth discussing, specially in light of Boris's
hvmlite work.


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