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Re: [Qemu-ppc] [PATCH] target/ppc: only save guest timebase once after s

From: David Gibson
Subject: Re: [Qemu-ppc] [PATCH] target/ppc: only save guest timebase once after stopping
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2018 11:10:42 +1000
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.0 (2018-05-17)

On Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 07:30:34AM -0500, Michael Roth wrote:
> Quoting David Gibson (2018-07-26 00:07:46)
> > On Thu, May 03, 2018 at 11:20:44PM -0500, Michael Roth wrote:
> > > In some cases (e.g. spapr) we record guest timebase after qmp_stop()
> > > via a runstate hook so we can restore it on qmp_cont(). If a migration
> > > occurs in between those events we end up saving it again, this time
> > > based on the current timebase the guest would be seeing had it been
> > > running. This has the effect of advancing the guest timebase while
> > > it is stopped, which is not what the code intends.
> > > 
> > > Other than simple jumps in time, this has been seen to trigger what
> > > appear to be RCU-related crashes in recent kernels when the advance
> > > exceeds rcu_cpu_stall_timeout, and it can be triggered by fairly
> > > common operations such as `virsh migrate ... --timeout 60`.
> > > 
> > > Cc: Alexey Kardashevskiy <address@hidden>
> > > Cc: David Gibson <address@hidden>
> > > Cc: Laurent Vivier <address@hidden>
> > > Cc: address@hidden
> > > Cc: address@hidden
> > > Signed-off-by: Michael Roth <address@hidden>
> > 
> > Sorry, this fell off my radar for ages, but I've finally had a chance
> > to look at it properly.
> No problem, I had assumed it just wasn't deemed needed based on the
> discussion.
> > 
> > I'm not totally convinced this handle all the possible edge cases
> > correctly, but I am convinced it gives behaviour that's more correct
> > than we have now.  It doesn't introduce changes to the interface or
> > migration stream that would break things in future, so I've applied it
> > to ppc-for-3.1.
> There's a flaw with the patch that Greg pointed out to me previously
> in that it doesn't just avoid the presave hook when vm_stop is issued
> manually via monitor, but also when vm_stop is issued by the migration
> code itself. The latter wasn't intentional. I'm not sure if we currently
> have a good way to distinguish between the 2 cases to rectify that.
> As the patch currently stands it is effectively a revert of the
> Laurent's original patch.
> FWIW, the RCU-related crashes mentioned in the original commit turned
> out to be a separate issue that was exacerbated by RCU stall warnings
> messages (which *would* be less likely with this patch). So this would
> be more about user experience and spurious log messages than an actual
> known bug fix. I am still of the opinion that we shouldn't resave the
> clock if the vm_stop was manually-issued; it's just that the current
> patch oversteps that goal.

Right, I agree.  Migrating shouldn't advance the time if we've already
explicitly stopped.  But it's not really clear how to accomplish that

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