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Re: [PATCH v4 1/2] xen-pciback: prepare for the split for stub and PV

On 28.09.21 09:17, Oleksandr Andrushchenko wrote:

On 28.09.21 09:59, Juergen Gross wrote:
On 28.09.21 08:56, Oleksandr Andrushchenko wrote:

On 28.09.21 09:42, Jan Beulich wrote:
On 28.09.2021 06:18, Stefano Stabellini wrote:
On Mon, 27 Sep 2021, Juergen Gross wrote:
On 27.09.21 09:35, Oleksandr Andrushchenko wrote:
On 27.09.21 10:26, Jan Beulich wrote:
On 27.09.2021 08:58, Oleksandr Andrushchenko wrote:
From: Oleksandr Andrushchenko <oleksandr_andrushchenko@xxxxxxxx>

Currently PCI backend implements multiple functionalities at a time.
To name a few:
1. It is used as a database for assignable PCI devices, e.g. xl
        pci-assignable-{add|remove|list} manipulates that list. So,
        the toolstack needs to know which PCI devices can be passed through
        it reads that from the relevant sysfs entries of the pciback.
2. It is used to hold the unbound PCI devices list, e.g. when passing
        through a PCI device it needs to be unbound from the relevant
        driver and bound to pciback (strictly speaking it is not required
        that the device is bound to pciback, but pciback is again used as a
        database of the passed through PCI devices, so we can re-bind the
        devices back to their original drivers when guest domain shuts
3. Device reset for the devices being passed through
4. Para-virtualised use-cases support

The para-virtualised part of the driver is not always needed as some
architectures, e.g. Arm or x86 PVH Dom0, are not using backend-frontend
model for PCI device passthrough. For such use-cases make the very
first step in splitting the xen-pciback driver into two parts: Xen
PCI stub and PCI PV backend drivers.

Signed-off-by: Oleksandr Andrushchenko

Changes since v3:
- Move CONFIG_XEN_PCIDEV_STUB to the second patch
I'm afraid this wasn't fully done:

--- a/drivers/xen/xen-pciback/Makefile
+++ b/drivers/xen/xen-pciback/Makefile
@@ -1,5 +1,6 @@
      # SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0
      obj-$(CONFIG_XEN_PCIDEV_BACKEND) += xen-pciback.o
+obj-$(CONFIG_XEN_PCIDEV_STUB) += xen-pciback.o
While benign when added here, this addition still doesn't seem to
belong here.
My bad. So, it seems without CONFIG_XEN_PCIDEV_STUB the change seems

to be non-functional. With CONFIG_XEN_PCIDEV_STUB we fail to build on 32-bit


What would be the preference here? Stefano suggested that we still define

CONFIG_XEN_PCIDEV_STUB, but in disabled state, e.g. we add tristate to it

in the second patch

Another option is just to squash the two patches.
Squashing would be fine for me.
    It is fine for me to squash the two patches.

But in any case, wouldn't it be better to modify that specific change to:

diff --git a/drivers/xen/xen-pciback/Makefile b/drivers/xen/xen-pciback/Makefile
index e2cb376444a6..e23c758b85ae 100644
--- a/drivers/xen/xen-pciback/Makefile
+++ b/drivers/xen/xen-pciback/Makefile
@@ -1,6 +1,5 @@
    # SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0
-obj-$(CONFIG_XEN_PCIDEV_BACKEND) += xen-pciback.o
-obj-$(CONFIG_XEN_PCIDEV_STUB) += xen-pciback.o
+obj-$(CONFIG_XEN_PCI_STUB) += xen-pciback.o
But that wouldn't allow the driver to be a module anymore, would it?

Exactly. I forgot that when playing with module/built-in I was not able

to control that anymore because CONFIG_XEN_PCI_STUB will always be

in "y" state, thus even if you have CONFIG_XEN_PCIDEV_BACKEND=m

you won't be able to build it as module. So, I will probably put a comment

about that in the Makefile explaining the need for

obj-$(CONFIG_XEN_PCIDEV_BACKEND) += xen-pciback.o
obj-$(CONFIG_XEN_PCIDEV_STUB) += xen-pciback.o

In case the real split between both parts of xen-pciback is done this
will be needed anyway.

Yes, it will

So, I'll put a comment in the Makefile:

# N.B. This cannot be expressed with a single line using CONFIG_XEN_PCI_STUB

# as it always remains in "y" state, thus preventing the driver to be built as

# a module.

obj-$(CONFIG_XEN_PCIDEV_BACKEND) += xen-pciback.o
obj-$(CONFIG_XEN_PCIDEV_STUB) += xen-pciback.o

Will this be ok or needs some re-wording?

mutually exclusive.


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