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[Qemu-devel] [PATCH V13 5/5] docs: Added MAP_SYNC documentation

From: Zhang, Yi
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH V13 5/5] docs: Added MAP_SYNC documentation
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2019 18:11:23 +0800

From: Zhang Yi <address@hidden>

Signed-off-by: Zhang Yi <address@hidden>
 docs/nvdimm.txt | 25 ++++++++++++++++++++++---
 qemu-options.hx |  5 +++++
 2 files changed, 27 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/docs/nvdimm.txt b/docs/nvdimm.txt
index 5f158a6..a168429 100644
--- a/docs/nvdimm.txt
+++ b/docs/nvdimm.txt
@@ -143,9 +143,28 @@ Guest Data Persistence
 Though QEMU supports multiple types of vNVDIMM backends on Linux,
-currently the only one that can guarantee the guest write persistence
-is the device DAX on the real NVDIMM device (e.g., /dev/dax0.0), to
-which all guest access do not involve any host-side kernel cache.
+the only backend that can guarantee the guest write persistence is:
+A. DAX device (e.g., /dev/dax0.0, ) or
+B. DAX file(mounted with dax option)
+both are use real NVDIMM device as backend, which supporting direct
+access for files(no page cache).
+When using B (A file supporting direct mapping of persistent memory)
+as a backend, write persistence is guaranteed if the host kernel has
+support for the MAP_SYNC flag in the mmap system call (available
+since Linux 4.15 and on certain distro kernels) and additionally
+both 'pmem' and 'share' flags are set to 'on' on the backend.
+If these conditions are not satisfied i.e. if either 'pmem' or 'share'
+are not set, if the backend file does not support DAX or if MAP_SYNC
+is not supported by the host kernel, write persistence is not
+guaranteed after a system crash. For compatibility reasons, these
+conditions are silently ignored if not satisfied. Currently, no way
+is provided to test for them.
+For more details, please reference mmap(2) man page:
 When using other types of backends, it's suggested to set 'unarmed'
 option of '-device nvdimm' to 'on', which sets the unarmed flag of the
diff --git a/qemu-options.hx b/qemu-options.hx
index 08f8516..ef1da8f 100644
--- a/qemu-options.hx
+++ b/qemu-options.hx
@@ -4002,6 +4002,11 @@ using the SNIA NVM programming model (e.g. Intel NVDIMM).
 If @option{pmem} is set to 'on', QEMU will take necessary operations to
 guarantee the persistence of its own writes to @option{mem-path}
 (e.g. in vNVDIMM label emulation and live migration).
+Also, we will map the backend-file with MAP_SYNC flag, which ensures the
+file metadata is in sync for @option{mem-path} in case of host crash
+or a power failure. MAP_SYNC requires support from both the host kernel
+(since Linux kernel 4.15) and the filesystem of @option{mem-path} mounted
+with DAX option.
 @item -object 

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