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Subject: Re: [virtio-dev] virtio-spec: Clarify /wrt maintaining a split-queue descriptors

On Sat, Oct 12, 2019 at 09:20:02AM +0200, Jan Kiszka wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm wondering if the spec is clear enough regarding who is in charge of
> setting fields in a descriptor of split virtqueues. Background: I just
> made the mistake in an experimental backend of writing back the number
> of bytes pushed into a buffer not only in virtq_used_elem but also the
> referenced virtq_desc - with unpleasant effects for the guest.
> The spec in section 2.6.8 reads to me like virtq_used_elem.len is rather
> informative. At least this section leaves it fuzzy to me whether there
> are other sources from where a driver can find out how much a device has
> delivered - and misled me to also update virtq_desc.len in the device.
> But maybe I'm missing a clear note in another section.
> Jan

Well it does say this:

	When the driver wants to send a buffer to the device, it fills in
	a slot in the descriptor table (or chains several together), and
	writes the descriptor index into the available ring.  It then
	notifies the device. When the device has finished a buffer, it
	writes the descriptor index into the used ring, and sends a
	used buffer notification.

but for sure, documenting that descriptor area is read-only by device
can't hurt.

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