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Re: [Qemu-devel] Virtual Machine Generation ID

From: Ben Warren
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Virtual Machine Generation ID
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:57:42 -0800

> On Jan 16, 2017, at 6:21 AM, Michael S. Tsirkin <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 10:17:53PM -0800, Ben Warren wrote:
>> Hi Michael,
>>    On Dec 10, 2016, at 7:28 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin <address@hidden> wrote:
>>    On Tue, Dec 06, 2016 at 06:15:34PM -0800, Ben Warren wrote:
>>        Hi Michael,
>>        I’m well on my way to implementing this, but I am really new to the
>>        QEMU code base and am struggling with some concepts.  Please see 
>> below:
>>            On Oct 5, 2016, at 6:29 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin <address@hidden>
>>            wrote:
>>            On Tue, Oct 04, 2016 at 03:51:40PM -0700, Ed Swierk wrote:
>>                On Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 5:36 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin <
>>                address@hidden> wrote:
>>                    On Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 05:23:28PM -0700, Ed Swierk wrote:
>>                        I'm wondering what it will take to finish up work on
>>                        vmgenid.
>>                        https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/qemu-devel/2016-01/
>>                        msg05599.html
>>                    We have ACPI_BUILD_TPMLOG_FILE in tree now and I think it
>>                    could be
>>                    allocated in a similar way.
>>                    Integrate patch "fw-cfg: support writeable blobs" to
>>                    communicate the
>>                    allocated address back to QEMU.
>>                Starting with Igor's last version at
>>                https://github.com/imammedo/qemu/commits/vmgen_wip , it's not
>>                clear to
>>                me which changes need to be ported, which changes are 
>> obsoleted
>>                by
>>                your new fw-cfg stuff and/or upstream churn in ACPI, device
>>                properties, etc. In particular ACPI is still a total mystery 
>> to
>>                me,
>>                though passing a single address from guest to host can't be
>>                that hard,
>>                can it?
>>                Any clues would be appreciated.
>>                --Ed
>>            It might be best to just re-start from the beginning.
>>            So the idea is that ACPI should be about supplying the address
>>            to guest. To supply address to host we'll use fw cfg.
>>            This would be new I think:
>>            - add support for writeable fw cfg blobs
>>        patch applied
>>            - add linker/loader command to write address of a blob into
>>            such a fw cfg file
>>            - add a new file used for vm gen id, use loader command above
>>            to pass the address of a blob allocated for it to host
>>        I don’t really understand the meaning of “file” in this context.  It
>>        seems to be a way of specifying individual fw_cfg entries without
>>        explicitly giving an index, but is not something that is visible in
>>        either the host or guest file system.  Is this about right?  In my 
>> code
>>        I’m using “/etc/vmgenid”
>>    yes
>>        As for the blob, I’m thinking this is where my main problem is.  The
>>        ‘fw_cfg_add_*()’ functions take a data pointer but doesn’t seem to 
>> copy
>>        the data anywhere.  We pass essentially a pointer via ACPI to the
>>        guest, so what it points to needs to be in an accessible region.  I
>>        don’t get how to define the blob contents.  There are command-line
>>        ‘fw-cfg’ options where you can specify a file, but it’s not clear to 
>> me
>>        how to use them.  Maybe I reserve some IO memory or something?
>>    Not sure I understand the question. fw cfg device will make
>>    memory accessible to guest. Put the guest physical address there.
>>    the address needs to be calculated by linker.
>> I’m almost ready to submit a V2 of the patch set, but there’s still one issue
>> that I can’t figure out.  From the guest, I can read the contents of the 
>> blob.
>> If I make a change to the contents of the blob (via QMP) the guest does not
>> see the changes.  Is there something I need to do on the QEMU side to “push”
>> the updated fw_cfg contents to the guest?  I’ve noticed this both when 
>> writing
>> a qtest for the feature, and also in a Linux kernel module I wrote that reads
>> the ACPI contents in a guest.
>> thanks,
>> Ben
> fw cfg entities are assumed to be immutable. This week
> I'll merge support for writeable fw cfg entries.
> I don't see why you want to change fw cfg transparently
> though - I think it should be like this
> - guest writes GPA into fw cfg
> - qemu writes gen id at this GPA
I’ve tried with your patch "fw-cfg-support-writeable-blobs”, setting the 
‘read-only’ flag on my blob to false:

fw_cfg_add_file_callback(s, VMGENID_FW_CFG_FILE, NULL, NULL, vms->guid.data, 
sizeof(vms->guid.data), false);

and it doesn’t seem to make a difference.  

I think we have a misunderstanding here.  I’m storing the VM Generation ID 
__data__ (a GUID) in a fw_cfg blob, not the address.  I’ll submit the patch set 
ASAP so you will understand.

> -- 


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