On 18/12/2015 16:19, Pavel Fedin wrote:
> As far as i understand this code, KVM_EXIT_HYPERV is called when one
> of three MSRs are accessed. But, shouldn't we have implemented 
> instead something more generic, like KVM_EXIT_REG_IO, which would
> work similar to KVM_EXIT_PIO or KVM_EXIT_MMIO, but carry register 
> code and value?

Yes, we considered that.  There were actually patches for this as well.
 However, in this case the register is still emulated in the kernel, and
userspace just gets informed of the new value.

> This would allow us to solve the same task which we have done here,
> but this solution would be reusable for other devices and other 
> archirectures. What if in future we have more system registers to
> emulate in userspace?

If we do get that, we will just rename KVM_EXIT_HYPERV to
KVM_EXIT_MSR_HYPERV_SYNIC, and struct kvm_hyperv_exit to kvm_msr_exit.

Actually, we can do it now.  What do you guys think?  Peter?  I might
even be convinced to document the capability (in Documentation/ and
uapi/) even if the upstream kernel doesn't provide it.  We still have a
lot of time until 4.5 is out, it can be done after the merge window even.


> I write this because at one point i suggested similar thing for ARM64
> (but i never actually wrote it), to emulate physical CP15 timer. And
> it would require exactly the same capability - process some trapped
> system register accesses in userspace.
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