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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v1 04/12] xen/hvmlite: Bootstrap HVMlite guest

On 27/01/16 15:06, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
> On 01/27/2016 09:50 AM, David Vrabel wrote:
>> On 27/01/16 14:42, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
>>> On Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 08:54:56PM -0800, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
>>>> On Jan 26, 2016 6:16 PM, "Luis R. Rodriguez" <mcgrof@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>> On Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 4:04 PM, Luis R. Rodriguez <mcgrof@xxxxxxxx>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> You go:
>>>>>> hvmlite_start_xen() -->
>>>>>>          HVM stub
>>>>>>          startup_64() | (startup_32()
>>>>> Hrm, does HVMlite work well with load_ucode_bsp(), note the patches to
>>>>> rebrand pv_enabled() to pv_legacy() or whatever, this PV type will not
>>>>> be legacy or crap / old, so we'd need a way to catch it if we should
>>>>> not use that code for this PV type. This begs the question, are you
>>>>> also sure other callers in startup_32() or startup_64() might be OK as
>>>>> well where previously guarded with pv_enabled() ?
>>>> Actually this call can't be used, and if early code used it prior to
>>>> setup_arch() it'd be a bug as its only properly set until later.
>>>> Vetting
>>>> for correctness of all code call is still required though and
>>>> perhaps we do
>>>> need something to catch now this PV type on early code such as this
>>>> one if
>>>> we don't want it. From what I've gathered before on other bsp ucode we
>>>> don't want ucode loaded for PV guest types through these mechanisms.
>>> It may help to not think of PVH/hvmlite as PV. It really is HVM with
>>> a lot
>>> of emulated devices removed.
>>> How does early microcode work on EFI? Does the EFI stub code have an
>>> early
>>> microcode loading code ?
>> Surely the interesting comparison here is how is (early) microcode
>> loading disabled in KVM guests?  We should use the same mechanism for
>> HVMlite guests.
> Why would we ever want to have a guest load microcode during boot? I can
> see how a (privileged) guest may want to load microcode from a shell
> (via microcode driver).

I think you missed a word when you read my reply.


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