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Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 1/2] virtio-net: rephrase devconf fields description

On 08/19/2015 07:54 PM, Victor Kaplansky wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 10:43:46AM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:
>> On 08/16/2015 09:42 PM, Victor Kaplansky wrote:
>>> Clarify general description of the mac, status and
>>> max_virtqueue_pairs fields. Specifically, the old description is
>>> vague about configuration layout and fields offsets when some of
>>> the fields are non valid.
>>> Also clarify that validity of two status bits depends on two
>>> different feature flags.
>>> Signed-off-by: Victor Kaplansky <victork@redhat.com>
>>> ---
>>> +
>>> +\item [\field{max_virtqueue_pairs}] tells the driver the maximum
>>> +    number of each of virtqueues (receiveq1\ldots receiveqN and
>>> +    transmitq1\ldots transmitqN respectively) that can be configured
>>> +    on the device once VIRTIO_NET_F_MQ is negotiated.
>>> +    \field{max_virtqueue_pairs} is valid only if VIRTIO_NET_F_MQ is
>>> +    set and can be read by the driver.
>>> +
>> I don't get the point that adding "can be read by the driver". Looks
>> like it's hard for hypervisor to detect this?
> AFAIU, if the device sets VIRTIO_NET_F_MQ, the device also sets
> the value of 'max_virtqueue_pairs' even before driver negotiated
> VIRTIO_NET_F_MQ. If so, the driver can read the value of
> 'max_virtqueue_pairs' during negotiation and potentially this
> value can even affect negotiation decision of the driver.  

Looks not, it's legal to negotiate VIRTIO_NET_F_MQ with
max_virtqueue_pairs = 1.

> If above is correct, I'll change the description to make this
> point more clear.
> Thanks,
> -- Victor

Driver also sets 'mac' before driver negotiated VIRTIO_NET_F_MAC, so I'm
not sure this is really needed.


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