Re: 0xB16B00B5? Really? (was Re: Move hyperv out of thedrivers/staging/ directory)

From: Greg KH (gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)
Date: Thu Jul 19 2012 - 19:28:29 EST

On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 10:30:38PM +0000, KY Srinivasan wrote:
> > > As you know, this ID has been in use for a long time now. While the hypervisor
> > > does not interpret the guest ID that is registered, I am not sure what
> > dependencies
> > > there might be on this value.
> >
> > Could you please go find out the answer to this?
> That is easier said than done. I have sent emails out asking this very question and I have
> not received a definitive answer yet. Not knowing if and when I can get a definitive
> answer here, I chose the least risky approach in my patch.

What happens if you test with different values?

> > If, as you originally stated, there is a range of values we can use,
> > then we should probably use another one, right?
> On the Windows side this ID namespace is managed well.

It is? How is this managed? What does this tell the hypervisor? What
changes with the different values?

> However on the Linux side, we have really had this current ID in use
> for almost five years now. I am not aware of any pool of IDs available
> for Linux usage except that Linux IDs be distinct from the guest IDs
> in use by MSFT operating systems. If I were to change the guest ID, I
> would probably want to comply with the MSFT guidance on constructing
> these IDs (although not all fields may be relevant for Linux).

What are those rules?


greg k-h
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