[vbox-dev] Removing code only used by no longer supported hosts (was Opportunity to significantly shrink the vboxsf Linux driver)

Hans de Goede hdegoede at redhat.com
Tue Aug 8 14:23:03 UTC 2017


On 07/25/2017 11:06 AM, Michael Thayer wrote:
 > 13.07.2017 16:42, Michael Thayer wrote:
 >> 10.07.2017 12:29, Hans de Goede wrote:
 >> [Patch to shared folder code proposed by Hans to reduce the line count
 >> of the Linux driver.]
 >> I reviewed the patch and made a few changes.  Not yet tested on any
 >> platform, but I am posting my adjusted version so that other people can
 >> test, including on FreeBSD and Haiku which I cannot do easily.  Note
 >> that this applies to the normal VirtualBox tree, not to the packaged
 >> Linux driver.
 > I redid the patch again, after realising that the non-physical-page path
 > was for supporting VirtualBox 3.0 and older on the host, which we have
 > not tested or supported for a long time.  Therefore
 > VbglR0CanUsePhysPageList() could be removed altogether.
Ok, so I assume that similar checks to use physical page-lists can
be removed from vboxguest too ?

And talking about removing support for old features, are hosts
without intel-vt or the amd equivalent still supported; if not then
I think that vgdrvInitFixateGuestMappings can be removed ?

And what about vgdrvReportGuestInfo() can that be modified to
simply always first call VMMDevReq_ReportGuestInfo2 and then
VMMDevReq_ReportGuestInfo or are some of the paths checking for
needed ?



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