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Re: [Xen-devel] where can I find the 'address translation' code in Xen?

On 29/04/18 11:11, Minjun Hong wrote:
> Hi.
> I'm looking for a point where address translation (guest virtual
> address to machine address) occurs in Xen.
> Of course, I mean when TLB miss has occured.

This question makes me wonder whether you are more familiar with PowerPC
than x86.  In x86, the TLB is automatically maintained by hardware, and
new entries will be populated as necessary.  All pagetable related
errors result in a pagefault exception, which Xen handles.

> I'm using a PV guest and I've found 'guest_walk_tables()' function in
> "xen/arch/x86/mm/guest_walk.c".
> However, in the comment of the function, it says "Walk the guest
> pagetables, after the manner of a hardware walker".
> I'm confused because I'm not sure if the function is called after the
> 'hardware page table walker'.

"after the manner" is an uncommon phrase in English, which AFAICT
derives from Latin originally.  It means "in the style of", "in the same
way as", etc.

guest_walk_tables() is a function which tries to match the behaviour of
the hardware pagewalker.  However, it is only used for cases where we
can't use regular hardware support, such as emulation of instructions.


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