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[Qemu-ppc] [PATCH 0/1] pci: allow 0 address for PCI IO/MEM regions

From: Michael Roth
Subject: [Qemu-ppc] [PATCH 0/1] pci: allow 0 address for PCI IO/MEM regions
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:33:35 -0600

This patch enables the programming of address 0 for IO/MMIO BARs for
PCI devices.

It was originally included as part of a series implementing PCI
hotplug for pseries guests, where it is needed due to the fact
that pseries guests access IO space via MMIO, and that IO
space is dedicated to PCI devices, with RTAS calls being used in
place of common/legacy IO ports such as config-data/config-address.

Thus, the entire range is unhindered by legacy IO ports, and
pseries guest kernels may attempt to program an IO BAR to address 0
as a result.

This has led to a conflict with the existing PCI config space
emulation code, where it has been assumed that 0 address are always

Some background from discussions can be viewed here:


The general summary from that discussion seems to be that 0-addresses are
not (at least, are no longer) prohibited by current versions of the PCI
spec, and that the same should apply for MMIO addresses (where allowing
0-addresses are also needed for some ARM-based PCI controllers).

This patch includes support for 0-address MMIO BARs based on that

One still-lingering concern is whether this change will impact
compatibility with guests where 0-addresses are invalid. There was
some discussion on whether this issue could be addressed using
memory region priorities, but I think that's still an open question
that we can hopefully address here.

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