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From: David Vrabel <david.vrabel@citrix.com>
To: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk <konrad.wilk@oracle.com>
Cc: jgross@suse.com, Ian Jackson <Ian.Jackson@eu.citrix.com>,
	annie.li@oracle.com, xen-devel@lists.xen.org,
	Paul.Durrant@citrix.com, roger.pau@citrix.com
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH] blkif.h: document scsi/0x12/0x83 node
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 14:38:23 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <56F158DF.3030002@citrix.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20160322141006.GA26390@char.us.oracle.com>

On 22/03/16 14:10, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 01:41:43PM +0000, David Vrabel wrote:
>> On 22/03/16 12:55, Bob Liu wrote:
>>> On 03/17/2016 07:12 PM, Ian Jackson wrote:
>>>> David Vrabel writes ("Re: [Xen-devel] [RFC PATCH] blkif.h: document scsi/0x12/0x83 node"):
>>>>> On 16/03/16 13:59, Bob Liu wrote:
>>>>>> But we'd like to get the VPD information(of underlying storage device) also in Linux blkfront, even blkfront is not a SCSI device.
>>>>> Why does blkback/blkfront need to involved here?  This is just some
>>>>> xenstore keys that can be written by the toolstack and directly read by
>>>>> the relevant application in the guest.
>>> They want a more generic way because the application may run on all kinds of environment including baremetal.
>>> So they prefers to just call ioctl(SG_IO) against a storage device.
>>>> I'm getting rather a different picture here than at first.  Previously
>>>> I thought you had some 3rd-party application, not under your control,
>>>> which expected to see this VPD data.
>>>> But now I think that you're saying the application is under your own
>>>> control.  I don't understand why synthetic VPD data is the best way to
>>>> give your application the information it needs.
>>>> What is the application doing with this VPD data ?  I mean,
>>>> which specific application functions, and how do they depend on the
>>>> VPD data ?
>>> From the feedbacks I just got, they do *not* want the details to be in public.
>> It is difficult to suggest how it should be done correctly without this
>> information.
> Just think of it as a black box.

This isn't sufficient.

You are presenting a solution but have not properly described the
problem so no one can evaluate whether the solution is appropriate.

>> I also find it difficult to see a use case where running the storage
>> software in the guest (instead of in the backend) is sensible or desirable.
> Are you suggesting that doing backend drivers is not sensible?

I do not understand your question.

>>> Anyway, I think this is not a block of this patch.
>>> In Windows PV block driver, we already use the same way to get the raw INQUIRY data.
>>>  * The Windows PV block driver accepts ioctl(SG_IO).
>>>  * Then it reads this /scsi/0x12/0x83 node.
>>>  * Then return the raw INQURIY data back to ioctl.
>>> Since Linux guest also wants to do the same thing, let's making this mechanism to be a generic interface!
>>> I'll post a patch adding ioctl(SG_IO) support to xen-blkfront together with a updated version of this patch soon.
>> I do not think this feature is generally useful outside of this
>> unspecified use case.  I do not think that supplying details about
>> underlying storage device (beyond generic properties) to guests is
>> sensible (e.g., what if the guest snapshot is restored on different
>> storage?).
> The restore process (xl) can update the XenStore key with the new storage.

And how is this going to be communicated to the application using the data?

>> And thus I do not not think we should either: a) make this part of the
>> blkif ABI; or b) add support to xen-blkfront or xen-blkback.
> It is already coded in Windows PV drivers so I am not following why
> codyfing this in the blkif.h is harmful?

My understanding was that this was a legacy hack that should be removed
(we do not currently make use of it).


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  reply	other threads:[~2016-03-22 14:38 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 27+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2016-03-16  3:09 [RFC PATCH] blkif.h: document scsi/0x12/0x83 node Bob Liu
2016-03-16  7:16 ` Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
2016-03-16 12:36 ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-16 13:59   ` Bob Liu
2016-03-16 14:07     ` Paul Durrant
2016-03-17  5:04       ` Bob Liu
2016-03-16 14:32     ` David Vrabel
2016-03-17  5:07       ` Bob Liu
2016-03-17 11:12       ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-17 11:18         ` David Vrabel
2016-03-17 11:20           ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-22 12:55         ` Bob Liu
2016-03-22 13:41           ` David Vrabel
2016-03-22 14:10             ` Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
2016-03-22 14:38               ` David Vrabel [this message]
2016-03-22 14:43                 ` Paul Durrant
2016-03-22 15:09                   ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-22 15:25                     ` Paul Durrant
2016-03-22 16:14                       ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-22 16:50                         ` Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
2016-03-22 17:39                         ` Paul Durrant
2016-03-22 15:12                 ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-22 15:27                   ` Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
2016-03-22 16:11                     ` Ian Jackson
2016-03-22 16:38                       ` Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk
2016-03-22 16:25                     ` Jan Beulich
2016-03-16 14:33     ` Ian Jackson

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