This is an archived copy of the Xen.org mailing list, which we have preserved to ensure that existing links to archives are not broken. The live archive, which contains the latest emails, can be found at http://lists.xen.org/
Home Products Support Community News


[Xen-devel] Re: [RFC PATCH 33/35] Add the Xenbus sysfs and virtual devic

Greg KH wrote:
On Tue, May 09, 2006 at 02:53:14PM -0700, Chris Wright wrote:
What is the "frontend/backend" relationship here?
do you mean in sysfs?  or more in general?

Either.  You seem to mention a lot of nested depths in sysfs or "files",
yet your above tree doesn't show that.  And I don't understand what you
mean by frontend/backend here either?  Is it a sysfs thing?  Or a Xen

Hi Greg,

XenStore is a shared namespace (similar to sysfs or open firmware) between domains. The interdomain communication primitives exposed by Xen are very lowlevel (virtual IRQ and shared memory). XenStore is implemented on top of these primitives and provides some higher level operations (read a key, write a key, enumerate a directory, notify when a key changes value).

We use XenStore to implement our virtual drivers (this infrastructure is called XenBus). The drivers are split between a backend and frontend. The frontend is the portion of the driver that runs in the guest and the backend is the portion of the driver that runs in the host (and actually virtualizes the underlying device).

The xenbus_mkdir, etc. functions you see operate on XenStore.


Anthony Liguori


greg k-h

Virtualization mailing list

Xen-devel mailing list

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>