Re: [PATCH] xen/pci: Deal with toolstack missing an 'XenbusStateClosing'.

From: konrad wilk
Date: Tue Jun 11 2013 - 12:08:41 EST

On 6/11/2013 11:36 AM, George Dunlap wrote:
On 06/10/2013 10:06 PM, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
There are two tool-stack that can instruct the Xen PCI frontend
and backend to change states: 'xm' (Python code with a daemon),
and 'xl' (C library - does not keep state changes).

With the 'xm', the path to disconnect a PCI device (xm pci-detach
<guest> <BDF>)is:

4(Connected)->7(Reconfiguring*)-> 8(Reconfigured)-> 4(Connected)->5(Closing*).

The * is for states that the tool-stack sets. For 'xl', it is similar:

4(Connected)->7(Reconfiguring*)-> 8(Reconfigured)-> 4(Connected)

Both of them also tear down the XenBus structure, so the backend
state ends up going in the 3(Initialised) and calls pcifront_xenbus_remove.

So I looked a little bit into this; there are actually two different states that happen as part of this handshake. In order to disonnect a *device*, xl signals using the *bus* state, like this:
* Wait for the *bus* to be in state 4(Connected)
* Set the *device* state to 5(Closing)
* Set the *bus* state to 7(Reconfiguring)
* Wait for the *bus* state to return to 4(Connected)

So are all of these states you see the *bus* state? And why would you disconnect the whole pci bus if you're only removing one device?

Correct. The stats I enumerated are *bus* states. Not per-device states.
I presume (and I hadn't checked xm) that Xend has some logic to only disconnect the bus if all of the PCI devices have been disconnected. In 'xl' it does not do that.

The testing I did was just with one PCI device.


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