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Re: [libvirt] RFC: Check if the host device is assignable earlier

On 09/23/2012 10:29 PM, Osier Yang wrote:
> Hi,
> I think we already got enough bugs which are about "try to assign
> a host device, then it fails for not assignable", clearly this
> "try and then fails" approach is not nice.
> The reason for not assignable can be various. E.g.
>   * IOMMU or AMD-V is not enabled/supported
>   * platform doesn't support interrupt remapping
> There is no checking for above reasons now, an assignment will
> get error till the qemu process started. It's nice if checking
> it much earlier, and list whether the host supports device
> assignment as a property of capabilities?

Yes, failing earlier if it can be proven that the passthrough will not
ever succeed seems worthwhile.

> It will also be nice if one could known what devices are assignable
> (list all assignable devices? this needs to enumerate and try
> to unbind/reset/restore the devices, which is not desireable, as
> it could breaks work on host, such as NIC). Or whether a device is
> assignable (this shouldn't cause any problem when doing checking,
> because it's the requested operation, one knowns what he does).
> Assuming a new API to determine whether a host device is assignable

Why would we need a new API?  We can already get at each
virNodeDevicePtr (see 'virsh nodedev-list') and learn about each device
(see 'virsh nodedev-dumpxml'); this seems like something that you would
just add an addditional XML element to that existing API instead of
needing a new API.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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