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From: Michael Ellerman <>
To: Mark Cave-Ayland <>,
	Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>,
	Christophe Leroy <>,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] powerpc: fix 32-bit KVM-PR lockup and panic with MacOS guest
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:55:10 +1100
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Mark Cave-Ayland <> writes:
> On 11/02/2019 00:30, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
>> On Fri, 2019-02-08 at 14:51 +0000, Mark Cave-Ayland wrote:
>>> Indeed, but there are still some questions to be asked here:
>>> 1) Why were these bits removed from the original bitmask in the first place without
>>> it being documented in the commit message?
>>> 2) Is this the right fix? I'm told that MacOS guests already run without this patch
>>> on a G5 under 64-bit KVM-PR which may suggest that this is a workaround for another
>>> bug elsewhere in the 32-bit powerpc code.
>>> If you think that these points don't matter, then I'm happy to resubmit the patch
>>> as-is based upon your comments above.
>> We should write a test case to verify that FE0/FE1 are properly
>> preserved/context-switched etc... I bet if we accidentally wiped them,
>> we wouldn't notice 99.9% of the time.
> Right I guess it's more likely to cause in issue in the KVM PR case because the guest
> can alter the flags in a way that doesn't go through the normal process switch mechanism.
> The original patchset at
> does include
> some tests in the first few patches, but AFAICT they are concerned with the contents
> of the FP registers rather than the related MSRs.

fpu_preempt.c should be able to be adapted to also check the MSR bits.

> Who is the right person to ask about fixing issues related to context switching with

KVM PR doesn't really have a maintainer TBH. Feel like volunteering? :)

> I did add the original author's email address to my first few emails but have
> had no response back :/

Cyril who wrote the original FPU patch has moved on to other things.


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Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-02-08 14:33 Mark Cave-Ayland
2019-02-08 14:45 ` Christophe Leroy
2019-02-08 14:51   ` Mark Cave-Ayland
2019-02-11  0:30     ` Benjamin Herrenschmidt
2019-02-11 21:39       ` Mark Cave-Ayland
2019-02-19  4:55         ` Michael Ellerman [this message]
2019-02-19  8:15           ` Mark Cave-Ayland
2019-02-19  4:20     ` Michael Ellerman
2019-02-19  7:55       ` Mark Cave-Ayland
2019-02-20 12:41         ` Michael Ellerman
2019-02-22  9:47 ` Michael Ellerman

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