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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2] vfio/igd: handle q35 machine type

From: Gerd Hoffmann
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2] vfio/igd: handle q35 machine type
Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:00:50 +0100


[ context for igvt list: how do we deal with the ich9 lpc emulated by
  q35 machine type best, when pci-assigning a igd? ]

> > It seems
> > quite limiting of igd assignment on q35 VMs if we're going to remove
> > collateral device modification.  Should we only claim "legacy" igd
> > support on 440FX and support only universal passthrough on q35?  Thanks,
> I'll go test this a bit more.  Possibly we can drop the whole lpc
> tweaking.  At least when looking at the linux driver code it doesn't
> seem to be very important.

Ok, we can't, it's actually checked in quite a few places.  The checks
are hidden in a macro though which I initially didn't spot.  The bios is
unhappy too if the lpc @ 1f.0 goes away.

But just copying over the pci ids doesn't work either, it breaks
firmware q35 initialization.  Which in turn breaks acpi (partly), so
some things like poweroff stop working.  And I have some irq routing
errors in the kernel log too.

So, q35 works (without lpc tweaks) with 4.5-rc6+ guest kernel (should be
4.4.5+ soon) and bios rom disabled.  That is at least a start.

To get the bios and older kernels working we have to fiddle with the
lpc.  Copying from the host looks bad to me, we have to maintain tons of
pci ids in the firmware then.  At least the intel driver only needs to
know which pch generation is used, so we might be able to get away with
one pch per igd generation, and hopefully can stop doing that long term,
when intel untangles igd and pch in hardware.


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