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SubjectRe: [virtio-dev] RE: [PATCH v1 0/2] Virtio: fix some vq allocation issues
On Wed, 2 Jan 2019 10:53:14 +0100
Cornelia Huck <cohuck@redhat.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 1 Jan 2019 00:40:19 +0100
> Halil Pasic <pasic@linux.ibm.com> wrote:

> > As I said, at the moment I don't have a preference regarding the fix,
> > partly because I'm not sure if "reading config inside the handler" is OK
> > or not. Maybe Connie or Michael can help us here. I'm however sure that
> > commit 86a5597 "virtio-balloon: VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_FREE_PAGE_HINT"
> > breaks virtio-balloon with the ccw transport (i.e. effectively breaks
> > virtio-balloon on s390): it used to work before and does not work
> > after.
>
> Yes, that's unfortunate.
>
> >
> > AFAICT tweaking the balloon code may be simpler than tweaking the
> > virtio-ccw (transport code). ccw_io_helper() relies on getting
> > an interrupt when the issued IO is done. If virtio-ccw is buggy, it
> > needs to be fixed, but I'm not sure it is.
>
> I would not call virtio-ccw buggy, but it has some constraints that
> virtio-pci apparently doesn't have (and which did not show up so far;
> e.g. virtio-blk schedules a work item on config change, so there's no
> deadlock there.)
>
> One way to get out of that constraint (don't interact with the config
> space directly in the config changed handler) would be to schedule a
> work item in virtio-ccw that calls virtio_config_changed() for the
> device. My understanding is that delaying the notification to a work
> queue would be fine.

Unfortunately, calling virtio_config_changed() from a work item is not
enough: That function takes the config_lock, and the virtio-ccw code to
get the config both needs to allocate some memory and call schedule :/

The best option really seems to be
- have virtio-balloon move the handling of the config change onto a
workqueue or something like that, and
- document that you cannot read/write the virtio config space from an
atomic context

Unless someone has a better idea?

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