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SubjectRe: [PATCH v10 3/9] KVM: Extend the memslot to support fd-based private memory
On Fri, Jan 06, 2023, Chao Peng wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 05, 2023 at 11:23:01AM +0000, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
> > On Fri, Dec 02, 2022 at 02:13:41PM +0800, Chao Peng wrote:
> > > To make future maintenance easy, internally use a binary compatible
> > > alias struct kvm_user_mem_region to handle both the normal and the
> > > '_ext' variants.
> >
> > Feels bit hacky IMHO, and more like a completely new feature than
> > an extension.
> >
> > Why not just add a new ioctl? The commit message does not address
> > the most essential design here.
> Yes, people can always choose to add a new ioctl for this kind of change
> and the balance point here is we want to also avoid 'too many ioctls' if
> the functionalities are similar. The '_ext' variant reuses all the
> existing fields in the 'normal' variant and most importantly KVM
> internally can reuse most of the code. I certainly can add some words in
> the commit message to explain this design choice.

After seeing the userspace side of this, I agree with Jarkko; overloading
KVM_SET_USER_MEMORY_REGION is a hack. E.g. the size validation ends up being
bogus, and userspace ends up abusing unions or implementing kvm_user_mem_region

It feels absolutely ridiculous, but I think the best option is to do:

struct kvm_userspace_memory_region2)

struct kvm_user_mem_region2 {
__u32 slot;
__u32 flags;
__u64 guest_phys_addr;
__u64 memory_size;
__u64 userspace_addr;
__u64 restricted_offset;
__u32 restricted_fd;
__u32 pad1;
__u64 pad2[14];

And it's consistent with other KVM ioctls(), e.g. KVM_SET_CPUID2.

Regarding the userspace side of things, please include Vishal's selftests in v11,
it's impossible to properly review the uAPI changes without seeing the userspace
side of things. I'm in the process of reviewing Vishal's v2[*], I'll try to
massage it into a set of patches that you can incorporate into your series.


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