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Re: [PATCH 7/7] [v2] drivers/misc: introduce Freescale hypervisor management driver



On Mon, Jun 06, 2011 at 05:01:36PM -0400, Chris Metcalf wrote:
> On 6/6/2011 12:24 PM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > On Monday 06 June 2011, Timur Tabi wrote:.
> >> And what about my concern that my driver will be the only one in drivers/virt?
> > I have no doubt that more of these will come. Chris Metcalf is currently
> > looking for a home for his tilera hypervisor drivers, and we have the
> > microsoft hyperv drivers in drivers/staging, so they will hopefully
> > move to a proper place later. We also have similar drivers in other
> > places, e.g. drivers/ps3/ps3-sys-manager.c, drivers/s390/char/vmcp.c
> > or parts of drivers/xen.
> 
> It might help if someone (Arnd?) wanted to propose a statement of what
> drivers/virt was really for.  If it's for any Linux driver that upcalls to

Was for? I am not seeing it in v3.0-rc2?

> a hypervisor for any reason, then the Tilera paravirtualized drivers fit in
> well.  If it's intended more for drivers that guests running under a
> hypervisor can use to talk to the hypervisor itself (e.g. managing

I believe that the code that deals with specific subsystem (so block API
for example) would reside in subsystem directory (so drivers/block would have
your virtualization block driver). This allows the maintainer of block
to make sure your driver is OK.

> notifications that a hypervisor delivers to a guest to cause it to shut
> down or take other actions), then it doesn't seem like the Tilera

That looks to be arch/<x>/tilera/virt/ candidate?

> paravirtualized device drivers belong there, since they're just using the
> Tilera hypervisor synchronously to do I/O or get/set device and driver state.

Well, I/O sounds like block API or network API. But then you are also
doing management ioctl - which implies "drivers". "drivers/tilera" does not
work?

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