[PATCH 0/7] kvmtool: Cleanup kernel loading

Andre Przywara andre.przywara at arm.com
Mon Nov 2 08:03:03 PST 2015

Hi Dimitri,

On 02/11/15 15:17, Dimitri John Ledkov wrote:
> On 2 November 2015 at 14:58, Will Deacon <will.deacon at arm.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 06:26:53PM +0000, Andre Przywara wrote:
>>> Hi,
>> Hello Andre,
>>> this series cleans up kvmtool's kernel loading functionality a bit.
>>> It has been broken out of a previous series I sent [1] and contains
>>> just the cleanup and bug fix parts, which should be less controversial
>>> and thus easier to merge ;-)
>>> I will resend the pipe loading part later on as a separate series.
>>> The first patch properly abstracts kernel loading to move
>>> responsibility into each architecture's code. It removes quite some
>>> ugly code from the generic kvm.c file.
>>> The later patches address the naive usage of read(2) to, well, read
>>> data from files. Doing this without coping with the subtleties of
>>> the UNIX read semantics (returning with less or none data read is not
>>> an error) can provoke hard to debug failures.
>>> So these patches make use of the existing and one new wrapper function
>>> to make sure we read everything we actually wanted to.
>>> The last patch moves the ARM kernel loading code into the proper
>>> location to be in line with the other architectures.
>>> Please have a look and give some comments!
>> Looks good to me, but I'd like to see some comments from some mips/ppc/x86
>> people on the changes you're making over there.
> Looks mostly good to me, as one of the kvmtool down streams. Over at
> https://github.com/clearlinux/kvmtool we have some patches to tweak
> the x86 boot flow, which will need rebasing/retweaking) specifically
> this commit here -
> https://github.com/clearlinux/kvmtool/commit/a8dee709f85735d16739d0eda0cc00d3c1b17477

Awesome - I was actually thinking about coding something like this!
In the last week I move the MIPS ELF loading out of mips/ into /elf.c to
be able to load kvm-unit-tests' tests (which are Multiboot/ELF). As
multiboot requires entering in protected mode, I was thinking about
changing kvmtool to support entering a guest directly in protected mode
- seems like this is mostly what you've done here already.

Looks like we should both post our patches to merge them somehow ;-)


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