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SubjectRe: [PATCH linux-next 2/2] x86/xen/time: cleanup xen_tsc_safe_clocksource
On Tue, Feb 21, 2023 at 10:14:54AM +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 20 2023 at 21:51, Krister Johansen wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 20, 2023 at 08:14:40PM -0800, Krister Johansen wrote:
> >> > static bool __init xen_tsc_safe_clocksource(void)
> >> > {
> >> > u32 eax, ebx. ecx, edx;
> >> >
> >> > /* Leaf 4, sub-leaf 0 (0x40000x03) */
> >> > cpuid_count(xen_cpuid_base() + 3, 0, &eax, &ebx, &ecx, &edx);
> >> >
> >> > return ebx == XEN_CPUID_TSC_MODE_NEVER_EMULATE;
> >> > }
> >>
> >> I'm all for simplifying. I'm happy to clean up that return to be more
> >> idiomatic. I was under the impression, perhaps mistaken, though, that
> >> the X86_FEATURE_CONSTANT_TSC, X86_FEATURE_NONSTOP_TSC, and
> >> check_tsc_unstable() checks were actually serving a purpose: to ensure
> >> that we don't rely on the tsc in environments where it's being emulated
> >> and the OS would be better served by using a PV clock. Specifically,
> >> kvmclock_init() makes a very similar set of checks that I also thought
> >> were load-bearing.
> >
> > Bah, what I meant to say was emulated, unstable, or otherwise unsuitable
> > for use as a clocksource. IOW, even if TSC_MODE_NEVER_EMULATE is
> > set, it's possible that a user is attempting a migration from a cpu
> > that's not invariant, and we'd still want to check for that case and
> > fall back to a PV clocksource, correct?
>
> Sure. But a life migration from a NEVER_EMULATE to a non-invariant host
> is a patently bad idea and has nothing to do with the __init function,
> which is gone at that point already.
>
> What I wanted to say:
>
> static bool __init xen_tsc_safe_clocksource(void)
> {
> ......
>
> /* Leaf 4, sub-leaf 0 (0x40000x03) */
> cpuid_count(xen_cpuid_base() + 3, 0, &eax, &ebx, &ecx, &edx);
>
> return ebx == XEN_CPUID_TSC_MODE_NEVER_EMULATE;
> }

Thanks, I'm happy to make it look like ^ that. I should have thought to
do this myself. :/

I'll send out a v2 making this correction.

> I didn't have the full context and was just looking at the condition.
> Now I checked the full context and I think that except for the
>
> if (check_tsc_unstable())
>
> check everything else can go away unless you do not trust the hypervisor
> that it only sets the NEVER_EMULATE bit when CONSTANT and NONSTOP are
> set as well. But yeah, you might prefer to be paranoid. It's virt after
> all.

Unless there are objections, I think I'd prefer to err on the side of
paranoia here. Sorry for the confusion.

-K

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