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Subject: Re: [virtio-dev] [PATCH v3] pci: new configuration layout

On Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 10:57:24AM +0930, Rusty Russell wrote:
> "Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@redhat.com> writes:
> > On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 11:53:24AM +0930, Rusty Russell wrote:
> >> We should also define what "locks in" feature negotiation: that was
> >> simple for single 32-bit field.  Should we define this in a
> >> transport-independent way, or leave it to the transports?
> >> 
> >> We could overload the DRIVER status bit (which Linux currently calls too
> >> early, though moving it would be harmless), or add a new one.
> >
> > I'm surprised.
> > I always read 2.2.1. Device Initialization as
> > an explicit requirement that DRIVER_OK locks the features,
> > and that's in a transport-independent section and
> > works for existing guests.
> >
> > And if that's not explicit enough, would the proposed
> > resolution for VIRTIO-30 make it explicit enough?
> Linux violates this, as it makes the device live *then* sets DRIVER_OK.

Actually, e.g. net drivers do this, too: they pre-fill the RX VQs.

> This means we can use the device (and *do*, for virtio_blk partition
> scanning

What does this refer to?  virtblk_getgeo?
That only seems to poke at config space, not VQs.

>) before finalizing features.
> We could become compliant by setting DRIVER_OK before calling the
> driver, but that's be misleading: we'd not expect DRIVER_OK if the
> driver init failed.
> So I think we will need a new bit, FEATURES_OK?
> Cheers,
> Rusty.

But what's the meaning of DRIVER_OK then?
Maybe it means "device can use VQs"?

And if device does not use VQs, does it matter that
driver can add buffers there?
If not maybe we can let driver play with features all
it wants.

Also all this is really part of discussion for VIRTIO-30 I think?
It's not really related to the layout - the issue is there
in old layout as well.


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