Re: [PATCH RFC] paravirt_ops: refactor struct paravirt_ops into smallerpv_*_ops

From: Jeremy Fitzhardinge
Date: Fri Sep 28 2007 - 14:49:20 EST

Zachary Amsden wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-09-28 at 11:10 -0700, Jeremy Fitzhardinge wrote:
>> This patch refactors the paravirt_ops structure into groups of
>> functionally related ops:
>> pv_info - random info, rather than function entrypoints
>> pv_init_ops - functions used at boot time (some for module_init too)
>> pv_misc_ops - lazy mode, which didn't fit well anywhere else
>> pv_time_ops - time-related functions
>> pv_cpu_ops - various privileged instruction ops
>> pv_irq_ops - operations for managing interrupt state
>> pv_apic_ops - APIC operations
>> pv_mmu_ops - operations for managing pagetables
>> There are several motivations for this:
>> 1. Some of these ops will be general to all x86, and some will be
>> i386/x86-64 specific. This makes it easier to share common stuff
>> while allowing separate implementations where needed.
>> 2. At the moment we must export all of paravirt_ops, but modules only
>> need selected parts of it. This allows us to export on a case by case
>> basis (and also choose which export license we want to apply).
> We shouldn't need to export pv_init_ops.

No. The only ones I export are:

EXPORT_SYMBOL (pv_irq_ops);

> It is debatable whether
> CR2/CR3 should be part of CPU or MMU ops.

Yeah, I was in two minds. CR3, at least, should be grouped with the
other tlb operations, wherever they go. And while they're privileged
CPU instructions (cpu_ops), they're more logically related to the rest
of the mmu state. On the other hand, we could have an ops structure
specifically dedicated to pagetable manipulations, and put the cr3/tlb
ops elsewhere.

> Also, can we drop write_cr2?
> It isn't used anywhere, so the only reason to keep it is symmetry.
> Which was a fine argument when it was an inline, but now it just adds
> unused junk to the code.

I think its used in some cpu state save/restore code, but its not
relevant to pv-ops.

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