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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 10/10] Documentation: Add documentation for VDUSE

在 2021/7/4 下午5:49, Yongji Xie 写道:
>>> OK, I get you now. Since the VIRTIO specification says "Device
>>> configuration space is generally used for rarely-changing or
>>> initialization-time parameters". I assume the VDUSE_DEV_SET_CONFIG
>>> ioctl should not be called frequently.
>> The spec uses MUST and other terms to define the precise requirements.
>> Here the language (especially the word "generally") is weaker and means
>> there may be exceptions.
>> Another type of access that doesn't work with the VDUSE_DEV_SET_CONFIG
>> approach is reads that have side-effects. For example, imagine a field
>> containing an error code if the device encounters a problem unrelated to
>> a specific virtqueue request. Reading from this field resets the error
>> code to 0, saving the driver an extra configuration space write access
>> and possibly race conditions. It isn't possible to implement those
>> semantics suing VDUSE_DEV_SET_CONFIG. It's another corner case, but it
>> makes me think that the interface does not allow full VIRTIO semantics.

Note that though you're correct, my understanding is that config space
is not suitable for this kind of error propagating. And it would be very
hard to implement such kind of semantic in some transports.  Virtqueue
should be much better. As Yong Ji quoted, the config space is used for
"rarely-changing or intialization-time parameters".

> Agreed. I will use VDUSE_DEV_GET_CONFIG in the next version. And to
> handle the message failure, I'm going to add a return value to
> virtio_config_ops.get() and virtio_cread_* API so that the error can
> be propagated to the virtio device driver. Then the virtio-blk device
> driver can be modified to handle that.
> Jason and Stefan, what do you think of this way?

I'd like to stick to the current assumption thich get_config won't fail.
That is to say,

1) maintain a config in the kernel, make sure the config space read can
always succeed
2) introduce an ioctl for the vduse usersapce to update the config space.
3) we can synchronize with the vduse userspace during set_config

Does this work?



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