[Xen-devel] [PATCH 0/8] Use correctly the Xen memory terminologies in Linux

Andrew Cooper andrew.cooper3 at citrix.com
Wed Jul 29 07:12:21 AEST 2015

On 28/07/15 22:06, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 07/28/2015 08:02 AM, Julien Grall wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> This patch series aims to use the memory terminologies described in
>> include/linux/mm.h [1] for Linux xen code.
>> Linux is using mistakenly MFN when GFN is meant, I suspect this is because the
>> first support of Xen was for PV. This has brought some misimplementation
>> of memory helpers on ARM and make the developper confused about the expected
>> behavior.
>> For instance, with pfn_to_mfn, we expect to get a MFN based on the name.
>> Although, if we look at the implementation on x86, it's returning a GFN.
>> Most of the callers are also using it this way.
>> The first 2 patches of this series is ARM related in order to remove
>> PV specific helpers which should not be used and fixing the implementation of
>> pfn_to_mfn.
>> The rest of the series is here rename most of the usage in the common code
>> of MFN to GFN. I also took the opportunity to replace most of the call to
>> pfn_to_gfn in the common code by page_to_gfn avoid construction such
>> as pfn_to_gfn(page_to_pfn(...).
>> Note the one xen-blkfront will be dropped by 64K series [2], I can include it
>> if necessary.
> Can we actually get some documentation for Xen before starting to change
> names around?



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