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From: George Dunlap <george.dunlap@citrix.com>
To: xen-devel@lists.xen.org
Cc: Ian Jackson <ian.jackson@citrix.com>,
	Wei Liu <wei.liu2@citrix.com>,
	George Dunlap <george.dunlap@citrix.com>,
	Roger Pau Monne <roger.pau@citrix.com>
Subject: [PATCH 7/8] docs: Document block-script protocol
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:09:16 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <1458144557-29070-8-git-send-email-george.dunlap@citrix.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1458144557-29070-1-git-send-email-george.dunlap@citrix.com>

Signed-off-by: George Dunlap <george.dunlap@citrix.com>
CC: Ian Jackson <ian.jackson@citrix.com>
CC: Wei Liu <wei.liu2@citrix.com>
CC: Roger Pau Monne <roger.pau@citrix.com>
 docs/misc/block-scripts.txt | 100 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 100 insertions(+)

diff --git a/docs/misc/block-scripts.txt b/docs/misc/block-scripts.txt
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..ef19207
--- /dev/null
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+Block scripts
+Block scripts are called at the moment anytime blkback is directly
+involved in providing access to a backend.  There are three general
+cases this happens:
+1. When a user passes a block device in the 'target' field of the disk
+2. When a user passes a file in the 'target' field of the disk
+3. When a user specifies a custom script.
+It is highly recommended that custom scripts as much as possible
+include and use the common Xen functionality.  If the script is run
+from the normal block script location (/etc/xen/scripts by default),
+then this can be done by adding the following to the top of the
+dir=$(dirname "$0")
+. "$dir/block-common.sh"
+In all cases, the scripts are called with either "add" or "remove" as
+the command.  For custom scripts, the command will be the first
+argument of the script (i.e. $1).
+The environment variable XENBUS_PATH will be set to the
+path for the block device to be created.
+When the script is run, the following nodes shall already have been
+written into xenstore:
+ $XENBUS/params    The contents of the 'target' section of the disk specification verbatim.
+ $XENBUS/mode      'r' (for readonly) or 'w' (for read-write)
+Block scripts are responsible for making sure that if a file is
+provided to a VM read/write, that it is not provided to any other VM.
+FreeBSD block hotplug scripts must write
+"$XENBUS_PATH/physical-device-path" with the path to the physical
+device or file.  Linux and NetBSD block hotplug scripts *should* also
+write this node.
+For the time being, Linux and NetBSD block hotplug scripts must write
+"$XENBUS_PATH/physical-device" with the device's major and minor
+numbers, written in hex, and separated by a colon.
+Scripts which include block-common.sh can simply call write_dev "$dev"
+with a path to the device, and write_dev will do the right thing, now
+and going forward.  (See the discussion below.)
+Rationale and future work
+Historically, the block scripts wrote a node called "physical-device",
+which contains the major and minor numbers, written in hex, and
+separated by a colon (e.g., "1a:2").  This is required by the Linux
+blkback driver.
+FreeBSD blkback, on the other hand, does not have the concept of
+major/minor numbers, and can give direct access to a file without
+going through loopback; so its driver will consume
+On Linux, the device model (qemu) needs access to a file it can
+interpret to provide emulated disks before paravirtualized drivers are
+marked as up.  The easiest way to accomplish this is to allow qemu to
+consume physical-device-path (rather than, say, having dom0 act as
+both a frontend and a backend).
+Going forward, the plan is at some point to have all block scripts
+simply write "physical-device-path", and then have libxl write the
+other nodes.  The reason we haven't done this yet is that the main
+block script wants to check to make sure the *major/minor* number
+hasn't been re-used, rather than just checking that the *specific
+device node* isn't re-used.  To do this it currently uses
+physical-device; and to do this *safely* it needs physical-device to
+be written with the lock held.
+The simplest solution for sorting this out would be to have the block
+script use physical-device if it's present, but if not, to directly
+stat physical-device-path.  But there's not time before the 4.7
+release to make sure all that works.
+Another possibility would be to do away with the block scripts
+altogether when not actually running any scripts, and do the duplicate
+checking inside of libxl.  The rationale for doing this in block
+scripts rather than in libxl isn't clear at thes point.

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  parent reply	other threads:[~2016-03-16 16:09 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 25+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2016-03-16 16:09 [PATCH 0/8] tools: Allow HVM domains emulated access to disks provided by hotplug scripts George Dunlap
2016-03-16 16:09 ` [PATCH 1/8] tools/hotplug: Add a "dummy" hotplug script for testing George Dunlap
2016-03-16 16:54   ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-16 16:09 ` [PATCH 2/8] libxl: Remove redundant setting of phyical-device George Dunlap
2016-03-16 16:54   ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-16 16:09 ` [PATCH 3/8] tools/hotplug: Write physical-device-path in addition to physical-device George Dunlap
2016-03-16 16:56   ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-16 16:57     ` George Dunlap
2016-03-16 16:09 ` [PATCH 4/8] libxl: Move check for local access to a funciton George Dunlap
2016-03-16 16:58   ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-16 17:02     ` George Dunlap
2016-03-17 18:11   ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-21 15:35     ` George Dunlap
2016-03-16 16:09 ` [PATCH 5/8] libxl: Share logic for finding path between qemuu and pygrub George Dunlap
2016-03-17 18:22   ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-18 17:09     ` George Dunlap
2016-04-01 14:17       ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-16 16:09 ` [PATCH 6/8] libxl: Allow local access for block devices with hotplug scripts George Dunlap
2016-03-17 18:36   ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-18 17:17     ` George Dunlap
2016-03-16 16:09 ` George Dunlap [this message]
2016-03-16 22:57   ` [PATCH 7/8] docs: Document block-script protocol Jim Fehlig
2016-03-17  9:55     ` George Dunlap
2016-03-17 18:38   ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-16 16:09 ` [PATCH 8/8] DO NOT APPLY libxl: Change hotplug script interface to use physical-device-path George Dunlap

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