Re: [PATCH v6 1/9] x86/cpu: KVM: Add common defines for architectural memory types (PAT, MTRRs, etc.)

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On Wed, Mar 27, 2024, Kai Huang wrote:
> On Fri, 2024-03-08 at 17:27 -0800, Sean Christopherson wrote:
> > Add defines for the architectural memory types that can be shoved into
> > various MSRs and registers, e.g. MTRRs, PAT, VMX capabilities MSRs, EPTPs,
> > etc.  While most MSRs/registers support only a subset of all memory types,
> > the values themselves are architectural and identical across all users.
> > 
> > Leave the goofy MTRR_TYPE_* definitions as-is since they are in a uapi
> > header, but add compile-time assertions to connect the dots (and sanity
> > check that the msr-index.h values didn't get fat-fingered).
> > 
> > Keep the VMX_EPTP_MT_* defines so that it's slightly more obvious that the
> > EPTP holds a single memory type in 3 of its 64 bits; those bits just
> > happen to be 2:0, i.e. don't need to be shifted.
> > 
> > Opportunistically use X86_MEMTYPE_WB instead of an open coded '6' in
> > setup_vmcs_config().
> > 
> > No functional change intended.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Sean Christopherson <seanjc@xxxxxxxxxx>
> > 
> [...]
> >  
> >  #include "mtrr.h"
> >  
> > +static_assert(X86_MEMTYPE_UC == MTRR_TYPE_UNCACHABLE);
> > +static_assert(X86_MEMTYPE_WC == MTRR_TYPE_WRCOMB);
> > +static_assert(X86_MEMTYPE_WT == MTRR_TYPE_WRTHROUGH);
> > +static_assert(X86_MEMTYPE_WP == MTRR_TYPE_WRPROT);
> > +static_assert(X86_MEMTYPE_WB == MTRR_TYPE_WRBACK);
> > +
> > 
> Hi Sean,
> IIUC, the purpose of this patch is for the kernel to use X86_MEMTYPE_xx, which
> are architectural values, where applicable?

Maybe?  Probably?

> Yeah we need to keep MTRR_TYPE_xx in the uapi header, but in the kernel, should
> we change all places that use MTRR_TYPE_xx to X86_MEMTYPE_xx?  The
> static_assert()s above have guaranteed the two are the same, so there's nothing
> wrong for the kernel to use X86_MEMTYPE_xx instead.
> Both PAT_xx and VMX_BASIC_MEM_TYPE_xx to X86_MEMTYPE_xx, it seems a little bit
> odd if we don't switch for MTRR_TYPE_xx.
> However by simple search MEM_TYPE_xx are intensively used in many files, so...

Yeah, I definitely don't want to do it in this series due to the amount of churn
that would be required.

  $ git grep MTRR_TYPE_ | wc -l

I'm not even entirely convinced that it would be a net positive.  Much of the KVM
usage that's being cleaned up is flat out wrong, e.g. using "MTRR" enums in places
that having nothing to do with MTRRs.  But the majority of the remaining usage is
in MTRR code, i.e. isn't wrong, and is arguably better off using the MTRR specific

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