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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] s390: vfio-ap: Register the vfio_ap module for the "ap" parent bus
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On 15/12/2021 13.51, Cornelia Huck wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 15 2021, Thomas Huth <thuth@redhat.com> wrote:
>
>> On 14/12/2021 22.55, Tony Krowiak wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> On 12/13/21 11:11, Cornelia Huck wrote:
>>>> One possibility is simply blocking autoload of the module in userspace by
>>>> default, and only allow it to be loaded automatically when e.g. qemu-kvm
>>>> is installed on the system. This is obviously something that needs to be
>>>> decided by the distros.
>>>>
>>>> (kvm might actually be autoloaded already, so autoloading vfio-ap would
>>>> not really make it worse.)
>>>
>>> Of the vfio_ccw module is automatically loaded, then the kvm
>>> module will also get loaded. I startup up a RHEL8.3 system and
>>> sure enough, the vfio_ccw module is loaded along with the
>>> kvm, vfio and mdev modules. If this is true for all distros, then
>>> it wouldn't make much difference if the vfio_ap module is
>>> autoloaded too.
>>
>> I think I don't mind too much if we auto-load vfio-ap or not - but I think
>> we should make it consistent with vfio-ccw. So either auto-load both modules
>> (if the corresponding devices are available), or remove the
>> MODULE_DEVICE_TABLE() entries from both modules?
>
> I think we really need to take a step back and think about the purpose
> of adding a MODULE_DEVICE_TABLE()... basically, it declares which types
> of devices on a certain bus a driver supports, in a way that can be
> consumed by userspace (after file2alias.c worked on it).
>
> Userspace typically uses this to match devices it is notified about to
> drivers that could possibly drive those devices. In general, the
> assumption is that you will want to have the drivers for your devices
> loaded. In some cases (drivers only used in special cases, like here),
> it might be a better idea to autoload the drivers only under certain
> circumstances (e.g. if you know you're going to run KVM guests).
>
> My main point, however, is that we're talking about policy here: whether
> a potentially useful driver should be loaded or not is a decision that
> should be made by userspace. Not providing a MODULE_DEVICE_TABLE does
> not look like the right solution, as it deprives userspace of the
> information to autoload the driver, if it actually wants to do so.

Thanks, Cornelia, that's a very valid point, I didn't see it from this
perspective yet, but it sounds like the right way to handle this. So I think
my patch should be applied, and if we then agree that the module should not
be auto-loaded by default, it should be handled with the appropriate changes
in userspace instead.

Thomas

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