[libvirt] [Qemu-devel] [uq/master PATCH 0/7] x86 CPU subclasses, take 7

Eduardo Habkost ehabkost at redhat.com
Fri Jan 31 16:42:07 UTC 2014

On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 05:06:21PM +0100, Igor Mammedov wrote:
> On Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:17:53 -0200
> Eduardo Habkost <ehabkost at redhat.com> wrote:
> > On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 03:50:23PM +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> > > Il 31/01/2014 15:48, Igor Mammedov ha scritto:
> > > >that's abusing of object-add interface and due to recent changes, object-add
> > > >won't accept arbitrary objects.
> > > 
> > > I hope that sooner or later device hotplug will be doable with
> > > object-add too.  But yes, in the meanwhile device_add could work,
> > > and this patch series is in the right direction anyway.
> > 
> > In that case, what is holding us from setting
> > cannot_instantiate_with_device_add_yet on TYPE_X86_CPU? I don't think we
> > can recommend using "-device" for CPUs just yet, but we would need to
> > allow it in case object-add doesn't work.
> > 
> > (But I liked the fact that object-add worked and (it looks like) it
> > didn't run realize(). All libvirt needs is to be able to create the
> > object and get instance_init() run, no need for realize() to run.)
> > 
> > I still need to read the reasoning behind the object-add changes. But is
> > there some chance we could allow object-add to work for TYPE_X86_CPU
> > subclasses, to avoid the device_add/cannot_instantiate_with_device_add_yet issues?
> you can hack around by inheriting from UserCreatable interface,
> but question is what kind of information libvirt would expect from
> -object xxx-cpu
> if it's going to read/interpret feature words then CPU.instance_init()
> is not sufficient, since properties (read as compat props) and
> realize() itself are changing feature words and CPU model guest is going
> to see is very different from what -object would create.

I am not sure yet, but maybe that's a good thing?

I mean: libvirt has no concept of CPU models changing depending on
machine-type yet, and this will be addressed later. In this case, not
having the global properties set on the CPU object could be useful.

> It looks like only -device would be able to create actual CPU models,
> but for -device to work we need as minimum this series and conversion
> of CPU features to properties in tree. Then I guess we can override
> cannot_instantiate_with_device_add_yet for x86 CPUs.

Setting cannot_instantiate_with_device_add_yet=false looks much simpler
than implementing UserCreatable. My question is: may we do that, already
(once this series gets included), or is there something else holding us
from doing it?


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