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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86/kvm: do not setup pv tlb flush when not paravirtualized
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Thadeu Lima de Souza Cascardo <cascardo@canonical.com> writes:

> On Mon, Feb 03, 2020 at 10:59:10AM +0100, Vitaly Kuznetsov wrote:
>> Thadeu Lima de Souza Cascardo <cascardo@canonical.com> writes:
>>
>> > kvm_setup_pv_tlb_flush will waste memory and print a misguiding message
>> > when KVM paravirtualization is not available.
>> >
>> > Intel SDM says that the when cpuid is used with EAX higher than the
>> > maximum supported value for basic of extended function, the data for the
>> > highest supported basic function will be returned.
>> >
>> > So, in some systems, kvm_arch_para_features will return bogus data,
>> > causing kvm_setup_pv_tlb_flush to detect support for pv tlb flush.
>> >
>> > Testing for kvm_para_available will work as it checks for the hypervisor
>> > signature.
>> >
>> > Besides, when the "nopv" command line parameter is used, it should not
>> > continue as well, as kvm_guest_init will no be called in that case.
>> >
>> > Signed-off-by: Thadeu Lima de Souza Cascardo <cascardo@canonical.com>
>> > ---
>> > arch/x86/kernel/kvm.c | 3 +++
>> > 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)
>> >
>> > diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/kvm.c b/arch/x86/kernel/kvm.c
>> > index 81045aabb6f4..d817f255aed8 100644
>> > --- a/arch/x86/kernel/kvm.c
>> > +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/kvm.c
>> > @@ -736,6 +736,9 @@ static __init int kvm_setup_pv_tlb_flush(void)
>> > {
>> > int cpu;
>> >
>> > + if (!kvm_para_available() || nopv)
>> > + return 0;
>> > +
>> > if (kvm_para_has_feature(KVM_FEATURE_PV_TLB_FLUSH) &&
>> > !kvm_para_has_hint(KVM_HINTS_REALTIME) &&
>> > kvm_para_has_feature(KVM_FEATURE_STEAL_TIME)) {
>>
>> The patch will fix the immediate issue, but why kvm_setup_pv_tlb_flush()
>> is just an arch_initcall() which will be executed regardless of the fact
>> if we are running on KVM or not?
>>
>> In Hyper-V we setup PV TLB flush from ms_hyperv_init_platform() -- which
>> only happens if Hyper-V platform was detected. Why don't we do it from
>> kvm_init_platform() in KVM?
>>
>> --
>> Vitaly
>>
>
> Because we can't call the allocator that early.
>
> Also, see the thread where this was "decided", the v6 of the original patch:
>
> https://lore.kernel.org/kvm/20171129162118.GA10661@flask/

Ok, I see, it's basically about what we prioritize: shorter boot time vs
smaller memory footprint. I'd personally vote for the former but the
opposite opinion is equally valid. Let's preserve the status quo.

--
Vitaly

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