[libvirt PATCH 0/3] Invalidate the cpu flags cache on changes of kernel command line

Daniel P. Berrangé berrange at redhat.com
Wed Aug 11 13:53:24 UTC 2021

On Wed, Aug 11, 2021 at 09:46:17AM -0400, Eduardo Habkost wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 11, 2021 at 9:42 AM Daniel P. Berrangé <berrange at redhat.com> wrote:
> > On Wed, Aug 11, 2021 at 09:33:08AM -0400, Eduardo Habkost wrote:
> > > Wouldn't it be easier to simply invalidate the cache every time
> > > libvirtd is restarted? If libvirtd keeps /dev/kvm open all the time,
> > > this would also cover features affected by KVM module reloads.
> >
> > Invalidating the cache on every restart defeats the very purpose of
> > having a cache in the first place. Probing for capabilities slows
> > startup of the daemon and that is what required introduction of a
> > cache.
> Can't libvirtd query CPU capabilities only when clients ask for that
> information the first time?

Anything is technically possible, but that's a significant change from
what we would do today. It would still need caching and an invalidation
strategy, because we don't want such probing to be in the startup path
of every VM spawned.

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