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Re: [Qemu-block] [PATCH v6 0/8] Add Qemu to SeaBIOS LCHS interface

From: Sam Eiderman
Subject: Re: [Qemu-block] [PATCH v6 0/8] Add Qemu to SeaBIOS LCHS interface
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2019 17:36:39 +0300

Gentle ping

On Tue, Aug 27, 2019, 11:24 Sam Eiderman <address@hidden> wrote:

Non-standard logical geometries break under QEMU.

A virtual disk which contains an operating system which depends on
logical geometries (consistent values being reported from BIOS INT13
AH=08) will most likely break under QEMU/SeaBIOS if it has non-standard
logical geometries - for example 56 SPT (sectors per track).
No matter what QEMU will guess - SeaBIOS, for large enough disks - will
use LBA translation, which will report 63 SPT instead.

In addition we can not enforce SeaBIOS to rely on phyiscal geometries at
all. A virtio-blk-pci virtual disk with 255 phyiscal heads can not
report more than 16 physical heads when moved to an IDE controller, the
ATA spec allows a maximum of 16 heads - this is an artifact of

By supplying the logical geometies directly we are able to support such
"exotic" disks.

We will use fw_cfg to do just that.


Fix missing parenthesis check in
    "hd-geo-test: Add tests for lchs override"


* Rename fw_cfg key to "bios-geometry".
* Remove "extendible" interface.
* Add cpu_to_le32 fix as Laszlo suggested or big endian hosts
* Fix last qtest commit - automatic docker tester for some reason does not have qemu-img set


* Change fw_cfg interface from mixed textual/binary to textual only


* Fix line > 80 chars in tests/hd-geo-test.c


* Small fixes for issues pointed by Max
* (&conf->conf)->lcyls to conf->conf.lcyls and so on
* Remove scsi_unrealize from everything other than scsi-hd
* Add proper include to sysemu.h
* scsi_device_unrealize() after scsi_device_purge_requests()

Sam Eiderman (8):
  block: Refactor macros - fix tabbing
  block: Support providing LCHS from user
  bootdevice: Add interface to gather LCHS
  scsi: Propagate unrealize() callback to scsi-hd
  bootdevice: Gather LCHS from all relevant devices
  bootdevice: Refactor get_boot_devices_list
  bootdevice: FW_CFG interface for LCHS values
  hd-geo-test: Add tests for lchs override

 bootdevice.c             | 148 ++++++++--
 hw/block/virtio-blk.c    |   6 +
 hw/ide/qdev.c            |   7 +-
 hw/nvram/fw_cfg.c        |  14 +-
 hw/scsi/scsi-bus.c       |  16 ++
 hw/scsi/scsi-disk.c      |  12 +
 include/hw/block/block.h |  22 +-
 include/hw/scsi/scsi.h   |   1 +
 include/sysemu/sysemu.h  |   4 +
 tests/Makefile.include   |   2 +-
 tests/hd-geo-test.c      | 582 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 11 files changed, 773 insertions(+), 41 deletions(-)


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