[PATCH v3 15/19] arm/arm64: KVM: add opaque private pointer to MMIO accessors

Marc Zyngier marc.zyngier at arm.com
Tue Nov 4 10:05:17 PST 2014

On 04/11/14 17:24, Andre Przywara wrote:
> Hi,
> On 04/11/14 15:44, Christoffer Dall wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 05:26:50PM +0000, Andre Przywara wrote:
>>> For a GICv2 there is always only one (v)CPU involved: the one that
>>> does the access. On a GICv3 the access to a CPU redistributor is
>>> memory-mapped, but not banked, so the (v)CPU affected is determined by
>>> looking at the MMIO address region being accessed.
>>> To allow passing the affected CPU into the accessors, extend them to
>>> take an opaque private pointer parameter.
>>> For the current GICv2 emulation we ignore it and simply pass NULL
>>> on the call.
>>> Signed-off-by: Andre Przywara <andre.przywara at arm.com>
>> Why does it have to be an opaque private pointer?  Would it not always
>> be a struct vcpu * or a vcpu_id then?
> IIRC Marc suggested this once be more future proof. Also a pointer makes
> it easier to pass NULL in the GICv2 parts of the code, which makes it
> more obvious that this value is not used in this case.
> Marc, did I miss some more rationale?
> Does that still hold?

The main idea was to have a general purpose pointer that you can
associate with the decoded region. Some form of private context, just
like we have for a lot of other kernel structures.

Now, I think having that as a explicit pointer looks truly awful. Can't
that be folded into struct kvm_exit_mmio that is already passed around?
It would make some sense that the private context is associated with the
actual access... I haven't seen how that interacts with the GICv3 code


Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...

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