[PATCH v10 7/8] arm/arm64: vgic: Implement KVM_DEV_ARM_VGIC_GRP_LEVEL_INFO ioctl

Christoffer Dall christoffer.dall at linaro.org
Mon Jan 23 05:42:05 PST 2017

On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 11:41:41AM +0000, Peter Maydell wrote:
> On 23 January 2017 at 11:06, Christoffer Dall
> <christoffer.dall at linaro.org> wrote:
> > ok, I think you're right that it can be done this way, but it has the
> > unfortunate consequence of having to change a lot of the implementation.
> >
> > The reason is that we store the latch state in two different variables,
> > depening on whether it's an edge- or level-triggered interrupts.
> >
> > We use the irq->pending field for the computed result (using above
> > calculaiton) for level interrupts based on irq->line_level and
> > irq->soft_pending.  soft_pending is the latch state for level interrupts
> > only.
> >
> > For edge triggered interrupts the computed result and the latch state
> > are alway the same (right?) so we we only use the irq->pending field for
> > that.
> >
> > But unless I didn't have enough coffee this morning, this only works if
> > you have a-priori knowledge of which interrupts are level and which are
> > edge.  When this is not the case, as in the case of order-free
> > save/restore, then I think the only solution is to rework the logic so
> > that the soft_pending field is used for the latch state for both edge
> > and level interrupts, and the pending field is just the internal
> > computed value.
> I *think* you could fudge it by saying "when the config changes
> from edge to level, copy the current irq->pending into irq->soft_pending".
> Then you can always read the latch state (it's soft_pending
> if level, otherwise pending), and writing it is "set both if
> level, just irq->pending if edge". That in turn gives you enough
> information I think to cope with restores of all of (config,
> level, pending-latch) in any order. It feels a bit fragile, though.

Right, thanks for working this out.  I agree it's fragile and I cannot
seem to easily convince myself it would be correct, so I sent out a
patch to get rid of the pending cached state which should simplify the
save/restore patches as well.

Assuming the other VGIC suspects don't object to that, I suggest we base
these patches on top of that one and see if we can convince ourselves
that it's correct then.


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