[libvirt] [PATCH-for-4.2] hw/mips: Deprecate the r4k machine

Philippe Mathieu-Daudé philmd at redhat.com
Mon Nov 25 10:41:03 UTC 2019

The r4k machine was introduced in 2005 (6af0bf9c7) and its last
logical change was in 2005 (9542611a6). After we can count 164
maintenance commits (QEMU API changes) with the exception of
1 fix in 2015 (memory leak, commit 3ad9fd5a).

This machine was introduced as a proof of concept to run a MIPS
CPU. 2 years later, the Malta machine was add (commit 5856de80)
modeling a real platform.

Note also this machine has no specification except 5 lines in
the header of this file:

 * emulates a simple machine with ISA-like bus.
 * ISA IO space mapped to the 0x14000000 (PHYS) and
 * ISA memory at the 0x10000000 (PHYS, 16Mb in size).
 * All peripherial devices are attached to this "bus" with
 * the standard PC ISA addresses.

It is time to deprecate this obsolete machine. Users are
recommended to use the Malta board, which hardware is well

Signed-off-by: Philippe Mathieu-Daudé <philmd at redhat.com>
 qemu-deprecated.texi | 5 +++++
 hw/mips/mips_r4k.c   | 1 +
 MAINTAINERS          | 2 +-
 3 files changed, 7 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/qemu-deprecated.texi b/qemu-deprecated.texi
index 4b4b7425ac..05265b43c8 100644
--- a/qemu-deprecated.texi
+++ b/qemu-deprecated.texi
@@ -266,6 +266,11 @@ The 'scsi-disk' device is deprecated. Users should use 'scsi-hd' or
 @section System emulator machines
+ at subsection mips r4k platform (since 4.2)
+This machine type is very old and unmaintained. Users should use the 'malta'
+machine type instead.
 @subsection pc-0.12, pc-0.13, pc-0.14 and pc-0.15 (since 4.0)
 These machine types are very old and likely can not be used for live migration
diff --git a/hw/mips/mips_r4k.c b/hw/mips/mips_r4k.c
index 70024235ae..0b79ad26cb 100644
--- a/hw/mips/mips_r4k.c
+++ b/hw/mips/mips_r4k.c
@@ -294,6 +294,7 @@ void mips_r4k_init(MachineState *machine)
 static void mips_machine_init(MachineClass *mc)
+    mc->deprecation_reason = "use malta machine type instead";
     mc->desc = "mips r4k platform";
     mc->init = mips_r4k_init;
     mc->block_default_type = IF_IDE;
index 5e5e3e52d6..3b3a88e264 100644
@@ -972,7 +972,7 @@ F: hw/net/mipsnet.c
 M: Aurelien Jarno <aurelien at aurel32.net>
 R: Aleksandar Rikalo <aleksandar.rikalo at rt-rk.com>
-S: Maintained
+S: Obsolete
 F: hw/mips/mips_r4k.c
 Fulong 2E

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