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RE: [PATCH V1 02/16] xen/ioreq: Make x86's IOREQ feature common

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jan Beulich <jbeulich@xxxxxxxx>
> Sent: 01 October 2020 09:49
> To: Julien Grall <julien@xxxxxxx>
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> 'Julien Grall' <julien.grall@xxxxxxx>
> Subject: Re: [PATCH V1 02/16] xen/ioreq: Make x86's IOREQ feature common
> On 30.09.2020 19:47, Julien Grall wrote:
> > Regarding the fix itself, I am not sure what sort of synchronization we
> > can do. Are you suggesting to wait for the I/O to complete? If so, how
> > do we handle the case the IOREQ server died?
> In simple cases retrying the entire request may be an option. However,
> if the server died after some parts of a multi-part operation were
> done already, I guess the resulting loss of state is bad enough to
> warrant crashing the guest. This shouldn't be much different from e.g.
> a device disappearing from a bare metal system - any partial I/O done
> to/from it will leave the machine in an unpredictable state, which it
> may be too difficult to recover from without rebooting. (Of course,
> staying with this analogue, it may also be okay to simple consider
> the operation "complete", leaving it to the guest to recover. The
> main issue on the hypervisor side then would be to ensure we don't
> expose any uninitialized [due to not having got written to] data to
> the guest.)

I'll try to take a look today and come up with a patch.




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