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From: Juergen Gross <jgross@suse.com>
To: Greg KH <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, xen-devel@lists.xensource.com,
	konrad.wilk@oracle.com, david.vrabel@citrix.com,
	boris.ostrovsky@oracle.com, linux-usb@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [Patch V4 1/3] usb: Add Xen pvUSB protocol description
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:51:04 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <55B1B628.7090200@suse.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20150723190801.GC11060@kroah.com>

On 07/23/2015 09:08 PM, Greg KH wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 08:46:17AM +0200, Juergen Gross wrote:
>> On 07/23/2015 06:36 AM, Greg KH wrote:
>>> On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 06:04:39AM +0200, Juergen Gross wrote:
>>>> On 07/23/2015 01:46 AM, Greg KH wrote:
>>>>> On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 08:53:23AM +0200, Juergen Gross wrote:
>>>>>> Add the definition of pvUSB protocol used between the pvUSB frontend in
>>>>>> a Xen domU and the pvUSB backend in a Xen driver domain (usually Dom0).
>>>>>> This header was originally provided by Fujitsu for Xen based on Linux
>>>>>> 2.6.18.
>>>>>> Changes are:
>>>>>> - adapt to Linux style guide
>>>>>> Signed-off-by: Juergen Gross <jgross@suse.com>
>>>>>> ---
>>>>>>   include/xen/interface/io/usbif.h | 252 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>>>> Why is this a different interface than the existing ones we have today
>>>>> (i.e. usbip?)  Where is it documented?  Do the Xen developers /
>>>> The interface definition is living in the Xen git repository for several
>>>> years now:
>>>> git://xenbits.xen.org/xen.git -> xen/include/public/io/usbif.h
>>> That's header file, not a document describing the api here.
>> I suppose you want to tell me I should add something like:
>> Documentation/DocBook/usb/API-struct-urb.html
> Somewhere that people can refer to that describes this public-facing API
> that "must not ever be broken or changed".  If you want to put it in a
> documentation file, or a .h file, I don't care.
>>>> It is used e.g. in SUSE's xen kernel since 2.6.18.
>>> I am very aware of the amount of Xen crap in SuSE's kernel, don't use
>>> that as an excuse for me to merge it to mainline :)
>> :-)
>> Wasn't meant as an excuse, just a hint why the interface can't be the
>> same as for usbip. We have to ensure compatibility with those kernels
> This shouldn't be a kernel/kernel compability issue, as the api talks
> between Xen and the OS, not between different OSs, right?

Depends on where the backend is living. It's the backend the frontend is
talking to.

There is a backend in SUSE's kernels up to SLE12. So compatibility is
to be maintained to those kernels.

Looks as if in future there will be one in qemu.

>> and possibly other operating systems (BSD?, Windows?) which already
>> might be using pvUSB with a Dom0 based on the SUSE xen kernel.
> Are there other operating system drivers today that use this API?  Is
> this an API in the Xen core today that we have to support?


> Some more background / descriptions would be nice to have.

I guess a documentation file giving a brief explanation about the
interfaces of Xen wouldn't be a bad idea. This could avoid discussions
like this.

It shouldn't define each interface, but the classes of interfaces which
are existing (between kernel and hypervisor, frontends and backends)
and the stability requirements. Headers like the one we are discussing
here could then refer to this document.


  parent reply	other threads:[~2015-07-24  3:51 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 20+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2015-06-23  6:53 [Patch V4 0/3] xen, usb: support pvUSB frontend driver Juergen Gross
     [not found] ` <1435042405-14235-1-git-send-email-jgross-IBi9RG/b67k@public.gmane.org>
2015-06-23  6:53   ` [Patch V4 1/3] usb: Add Xen pvUSB protocol description Juergen Gross
2015-07-22 23:46     ` Greg KH
2015-07-23  4:04       ` Juergen Gross
     [not found]         ` <55B067D7.3030904-IBi9RG/b67k@public.gmane.org>
2015-07-23  4:36           ` Greg KH
     [not found]             ` <20150723043653.GA31524-U8xfFu+wG4EAvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>
2015-07-23  6:46               ` Juergen Gross
     [not found]                 ` <55B08DB9.60902-IBi9RG/b67k@public.gmane.org>
2015-07-23  9:38                   ` [Xen-devel] " David Vrabel
2015-07-23 19:08                 ` Greg KH
2015-07-23 21:29                   ` Pasi Kärkkäinen
2015-07-24  3:51                   ` Juergen Gross [this message]
     [not found]                     ` <55B1B628.7090200-IBi9RG/b67k@public.gmane.org>
2015-07-24 18:57                       ` Greg KH
2015-07-24 19:25                         ` Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
     [not found]     ` <1435042405-14235-2-git-send-email-jgross-IBi9RG/b67k@public.gmane.org>
2015-07-23  9:39       ` [Xen-devel] " David Vrabel
2015-06-23  6:53   ` [Patch V4 2/3] usb: Introduce Xen pvUSB frontend (xen hcd) Juergen Gross
     [not found]     ` <1435042405-14235-3-git-send-email-jgross-IBi9RG/b67k@public.gmane.org>
2015-07-23  9:47       ` David Vrabel
2015-06-23  6:53   ` [Patch V4 3/3] xen: add Xen pvUSB maintainer Juergen Gross
2015-07-20  5:13   ` [Patch V4 0/3] xen, usb: support pvUSB frontend driver Juergen Gross
2016-03-17 19:43     ` Oleksandr Tyshchenko
     [not found]       ` <CAJEb2DHesrZn0H=d4KVn6sbyXFA8ykdUFMftyAZqbwSKk_JKKQ-JsoAwUIsXosN+BqQ9rBEUg@public.gmane.org>
2016-03-18  8:32         ` [Xen-devel] " Juergen Gross
2016-03-18 12:28           ` Oleksandr Tyshchenko

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