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From: David Gibson <david@gibson.dropbear.id.au>
To: Nicholas Piggin <npiggin@gmail.com>
Cc: "Alexey Kardashevskiy" <aik@ozlabs.ru>,
	"Mahesh Salgaonkar" <mahesh@linux.vnet.ibm.com>,
	"Greg Kurz" <groug@kaod.org>,
	qemu-devel@nongnu.org, "Cédric Le Goater" <clg@fr.ibm.com>,
	"Ganesh Goudar" <ganeshgr@linux.ibm.com>,
	qemu-ppc@nongnu.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/5] nmi: add MCE class for implementing machine check injection commands
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2020 16:45:59 +1000
Message-ID: <20200406064559.GB2945@umbus.fritz.box> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1585900632.k0ft0cc80l.astroid@bobo.none>


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On Fri, Apr 03, 2020 at 06:04:47PM +1000, Nicholas Piggin wrote:
> David Gibson's on March 31, 2020 10:22 am:
> > On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 12:41:45AM +1000, Nicholas Piggin wrote:
> >> Like commit 9cb805fd26 ("cpus: Define callback for QEMU "nmi" command")
> >> this implements a machine check injection command framework and defines
> >> a monitor command for ppc.
> >> 
> >> Signed-off-by: Nicholas Piggin <npiggin@gmail.com>
> > 
> > So, AFAICT, both x86 and ppc have something called an MCE, and while
> > I'm guessing they're somewhat related, they don't work quite the same
> > way - different information provided to the handler and so forth.
> > 
> > I think it's reasonable to overload the "mce" HMP command based on
> > target for the different types.  However, I think calling the
> > interface classes which are specific to the ppc type just "mce" could
> > be pretty confusing.
> 
> Okay. So, convert i386 first?

Uh.. not necessarily.  But call your version PpcMce or something
instead.

> > In addition, I think this is adding an HMP command to inject the event
> > without any corresponding way of injecting via QMP.  I believe that's
> > frowned upon.
> 
> I attempted that but didn't get too far. I guess it's more of a
> special test than a management function (nmi has valid uses in 
> administering a machine), so maybe we can get an exemption. One issue
> is different QMP command for powerpc vs x86.
> 
> I think error injection as a general concept might be valid there, but
> the better interface for that level would be higher up, e.g, not
> specifying register settings but rather "simulate uncorrected memory
> error on this byte".
> 
> Do you think that is reasonable reason to avoid adding QMP for this
> nasty low level thing?

Hrm, I doubt it will convince the qemu community at large.  I think
the view is that QMP is the "real" management interface for qemu - HMP
is somewhere in between a shim for convenience and something needed
for backwards compat.

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Thread overview: 24+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-03-25 14:41 [PATCH 0/5] ppc: sreset and machine check injection Nicholas Piggin
2020-03-25 14:41 ` [PATCH 1/5] ppc/spapr: tweak change system reset helper Nicholas Piggin
2020-03-25 16:14   ` [EXTERNAL] " Cédric Le Goater
2020-03-26  0:04   ` David Gibson
2020-03-25 14:41 ` [PATCH 2/5] ppc/pnv: Add support for NMI interface Nicholas Piggin
2020-03-25 16:38   ` Cédric Le Goater
2020-04-03  7:57     ` Nicholas Piggin
2020-04-03 13:12       ` Nicholas Piggin
2020-04-03 15:47         ` Cédric Le Goater
2020-04-04  1:58           ` Nicholas Piggin
2020-03-26  0:15   ` David Gibson
2020-03-31  3:07   ` Alexey Kardashevskiy
2020-03-31  3:14     ` David Gibson
2020-03-25 14:41 ` [PATCH 3/5] nmi: add MCE class for implementing machine check injection commands Nicholas Piggin
2020-03-25 16:46   ` Cédric Le Goater
2020-03-31  0:22   ` David Gibson
2020-04-03  8:04     ` Nicholas Piggin
2020-04-06  6:45       ` David Gibson [this message]
2020-03-25 14:41 ` [PATCH 4/5] ppc/spapr: Implement mce injection Nicholas Piggin
2020-03-25 16:38   ` Cédric Le Goater
2020-03-25 14:41 ` [PATCH 5/5] ppc/pnv: " Nicholas Piggin
2020-03-25 16:39   ` [EXTERNAL] " Cédric Le Goater
2020-04-03  8:07     ` Nicholas Piggin
2020-03-25 16:42 ` [PATCH 0/5] ppc: sreset and machine check injection Cédric Le Goater

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