[PATCH v2 1/4] KVM: PPC: e500mc: Revert "add load inst fixup"

Alexander Graf agraf at suse.de
Fri May 2 19:24:06 EST 2014

On 05/01/2014 02:45 AM, Mihai Caraman wrote:
> The commit 1d628af7 "add load inst fixup" made an attempt to handle
> failures generated by reading the guest current instruction. The fixup
> code that was added works by chance hiding the real issue.
> Load external pid (lwepx) instruction, used by KVM to read guest
> instructions, is executed in a subsituted guest translation context
> (EPLC[EGS] = 1). In consequence lwepx's TLB error and data storage
> interrupts need to be handled by KVM, even though these interrupts
> are generated from host context (MSR[GS] = 0).
> Currently, KVM hooks only interrupts generated from guest context
> (MSR[GS] = 1), doing minimal checks on the fast path to avoid host
> performance degradation. As a result, the host kernel handles lwepx
> faults searching the faulting guest data address (loaded in DEAR) in
> its own Logical Partition ID (LPID) 0 context. In case a host translation
> is found the execution returns to the lwepx instruction instead of the
> fixup, the host ending up in an infinite loop.
> Revert the commit "add load inst fixup". lwepx issue will be addressed
> in a subsequent patch without needing fixup code.
> Signed-off-by: Mihai Caraman <mihai.caraman at freescale.com>

Just a random idea: Could we just switch IVOR2 during the critical lwepx 
phase? In fact, we could even do that later when we're already in C code 
and try to recover the last instruction. The code IVOR2 would point to 
would simply set the register we're trying to read to as LAST_INST_FAIL 
and rfi.


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