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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] xen: use hvc console for dom0

On 27/02/2018 20:03, Stefano Stabellini wrote:
> On Tue, 27 Feb 2018, Julien Grall wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On 26/02/18 12:32, Juergen Gross wrote:
>>> On 26/02/18 13:06, Andrii Anisov wrote:
>>>> Hello Juergen,
>>>> On 26.02.18 13:08, Juergen Gross wrote:
>>>>> Today the hvc console is added as a preferred console for pv domUs
>>>>> only. As this requires a boot parameter for getting dom0 messages per
>>>>> default add it for dom0, too.
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Juergen Gross <>
>>>>> ---
>>>>>   arch/x86/xen/enlighten_pv.c | 4 +++-
>>>>>   1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>>>> diff --git a/arch/x86/xen/enlighten_pv.c b/arch/x86/xen/enlighten_pv.c
>>>> Is this something x86 specific? Could it be a generic approach?
>>> In case ARM wants something similar I guess the test for
>>> xen_initial_domain() should be dropped in xen_early_init().
>> I am pretty sure we discussed to remove !xen_initial_domain() for Arm in the
>> past. But I don't remember why the patch was not sent to remove it.
>> Anyway, I guess this should be fine to have hvc as a preferred console for the
>> initial domain as well.
> Usually, Dom0 has access to several physical UARTs and/or VGA, making
> this patch less obviously desirable. I think that for Dom0 the best
> behavior would be to add "hvc0" as first console rather than last
> console, so that if the user specified something else, this call won't
> interfere with it.

Well, that's exactly the goal of add_preferred_console. It will use hvc0
unless specified otherwise by the user on the command line.


Julien Grall

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