[fedora-virt] Fedora virt status
markmc at redhat.com
Fri Jun 5 15:37:41 UTC 2009
Okay, so F-11 is done and dusted. Onwards to F-12!
Here's what the schedule looks like:
2009-07-28 Feature Freeze (53 days)
2009-08-04 Beta Freeze (60 days)
2009-09-22 Final Development Freeze (109 days)
2009-10-20 Compose & Stage Release Candidate (137 days)
Another one week slip for the F11 release, this because of a late
breaking anaconda storage problem:
A late discovered and just potentially fixed anaconda storage bug
has necessitated another week slip of our schedule. The change is
important but invasive enough to require re-validating our storage
tests. We were already late in producing the Release Candidate and
there is not enough time to produce another one and validate it in
time for next Tuesday's release date.
However, the release is now complete and being queued up on the
mirrors. Expect the release early next week!
F11 Virt Interview
Dan Berrange was interviewed about virtualization in Fedora 11. Read
the full interview here:
A number of zero-day updates are available for F-11 users. The
following are available in stable:
and these are in updates-testing:
Please help out with testing these latest updates and report any
Virt Preview Repository
Updates are being pushed regularily to the virt-preview repository:
Below are the updates which have been pushed lately - obviously these
are also available in rawhide:
== qemu ==
* Fri Jun 5 2009 Mark McLoughlin <markmc at redhat.com> - 2:0.10.50-6.kvm86
- Fix 'kernel requires an x86-64 CPU' error
- BuildRequires ncurses-devel to enable '-curses' option (#504226)
* Wed Jun 3 2009 Mark McLoughlin <markmc at redhat.com> - 2:0.10.50-5.kvm86
- Prevent locked cdrom eject - fixes hang at end of anaconda installs (#501412)
- Avoid harmless 'unhandled wrmsr' warnings (#499712)
* Thu May 21 2009 Mark McLoughlin <markmc at redhat.com> -
- Update to kvm-86 release
- ChangeLog here: http://marc.info/?l=kvm&m=124282885729710
== libvirt ==
* Fri Jun 5 2009 Mark McLoughlin <markmc at redhat.com> - 0.6.4-2.fc12
- Remove the qemu BuildRequires
* Fri May 29 2009 Daniel Veillard <veillard at redhat.com> - 0.6.4-1.fc12
- Upstream release of 0.6.4
- new APIs
- fixes for latests QEmu/KVM versions
- various assorted fixes
* Mon May 25 2009 Mark McLoughlin <markmc at redhat.com> - 0.6.3-11.fc12
- Bring up the bridge, even if it doesn't have an IP address (bug #501912)
* Thu May 21 2009 Mark McLoughlin <markmc at redhat.com> - 0.6.3-10.fc12
- Fix XML attribute escaping (bug #499791)
- Fix serious event handling issues causing guests to be destroyed (bug #499698)
* Thu May 21 2009 Mark McLoughlin <markmc at redhat.com> - 0.6.3-9.fc12
- Fix qemu argv detection with latest qemu (bug #501923)
Some discussion has also begun on how to sign the packages in the
Jeremy Fitzhardinge's latest submission of the Xen Dom0 patches for
2.6.31 has caused the kernel community to get themselves into a bit of
a flap. LWN has a nice article on the 'discussion':
But the stronger voice looks to be the one saying that the problems
need to be fixed first. The deciding factors seem to be (1) the
user-space ABI, and (2) the intrusion into the core x86 code; those
issues make Xen different from yet another driver or
filesystem. That, in turn, suggests that the Dom0 code is not
destined for the mainline anytime soon. Instead, the Xen developers
will be expected to go back and fix a list of problems - a lot of
work with an uncertain result at the end.
Will we have Dom0 support in the F-12 kernel? It's looking
increasingly unlikely, isn't it?
On a positive note, reading LKML threads like this are a good way of
putting the supposed dire state of fedora-devel-list in perspective ;-)
In other news Michael Young continues to push out RPM builds of the
latest Dom0 patch set:
Oh yes - Gerd Hoffman has pushed a xen-3.4.0 update to F-11:
DOOM-O-METER: 236 open bugs 3 weeks ago, 238 now.
It looks like 103 of these are F-11/F-12 bugs which aren't fixed by
The "short" list of particularily interesting F-11 bugs is here:
= New Bugs =
== qemu ==
qemu/tcg - boot hangs intermittently on cryptomgr_test at
Rich Jones discovered this TCG issue with libguestfs tests. There
has been some discussion upstream analyzing the issue.
Add system_reboot to qemu
Currently there is no way for libvirt to request qemu to reboot a
guest. We really should get this done for F12.
qemu VNC :: xterm inside VM shows garbled text
Looks like our vnc server has some issues with framebuffer
qemu-system-ppc on ppc host fails with "no opcode defined"
It looks like qemu-system-ppc on a ppc host is failing to
initialize its opcode table.
qemu-system-ppc fails to boot ISO image
Looks like qemu's ppc target can't currently boot from a cdrom.
== libvirt ==
virt-manager traceback on shutdown of qemu-kvm -no-acpi guest
A guest with ACPI disabled will exit immediately when issued with
the "system_powerdown" command and libvirt isn't handling this
== virtinst ==
virtinst should always specify the disk image format in guest
This is a long standing known issue, which has been fixed upstream
bu we should really pull the fix into F-11.
== virt-manager ==
virt-manager does not re-connect after libvirtd restart
It seems that if you restart libvirtd while virt-manager is
running, then virt-manager doesn't know how to re-connect to
virt-manager should restart linux guests after they have finished
Discussion about the fact that virt-manager does not re-start a
guest after it has been installed.
virt-manager does not recalculate free disk space on new VM
In the 'New VM' wizard, we don't currently update the 'XXXGb
available on the host' message if people go and delete files when
they realize they don't have enough space.
RFE virt-manager: allow desktop switch with ctrl+alt+arrow_key
Someone finally filed a bug on it :-) When you go to switch
workspaces with Ctrl-Alt-Arrow, virt-manager grabs the keyboard,
which is pretty annoying.
virt-manager window size bigger after returning from fullscreen
It seems that going back and forth between fullscreen can cause
the virt-manager window to be resized such that it is partially
memory changes in virt-manager do not persist across libvirtd
virt-manager is using a non-persistent libvirt API to adjust the
guest memory configuration.
virt-manager refuses to increase guest memory until max memory
change is first applied
An annoying little problem where virt-manager appears to want to
pick a fight with the user.
== gnome-applet-vm ==
gnome-applet-vm should use PolicyKit
The applet currently uses consolehelper, it should use PolicyKit
= Resolved Bugs =
== qemu ==
f11 kvm guest install exits after package install completes
qemu wasn't properly implementing cdrom door locking allowing
anaconda to eject the cdrom while it was locked, killing the
install. Fixed in qemu-0.10.5-2.fc11.
qemu segfaults for -net socket,listen=localhost:4567
Simple fix cherry-picked from upstream and included in
qemu-kvm: avoid harmless unhandled wrmsr 0xc0010117 messages
These warnings were causing quite a bit of confusion so we've
cherry-picked a fix from Marcelo to make them go away. Also in
LiveCD Installer hangs during guest VM install-to-virt-drive
Apparently this has been fixed by the qemu-0.10.5 update.
kqemu is disabled in qemu
Glauber lays down the law, we're not supporting kqemu.
qemu-kvm binary should support the '-curses' option
A simple missing ncurses-devel BuildRequires was causing the
'-curses' option to not be supported in qemu. Fixed in F-12.
== libvirt ==
libvirt runs qemu-system-ppc with wrong machine type - should be
g3beige, not g3bw
The ppc machine types have changed in upstream qemu; fixed in the
libvirtd crashes on tls connection
danpb fixed this upstream and the fix was included in
F11: libvirt: cannot shutdown virtual machines booted to a
It turns out that if acpid is not running in the guest, the qemu
'system_powerdown' command used by libvirt doesn't do anything.
== virt-viewer ==
virt-viewer prevents key combinations like alt-f from being sent
to the guest
virt-viewer mixes up password and username credentials for VNC
virt-viewer doesn't know how to provide a username/password to
danpb pushed a virt-viewer-0.0.3-5.fc11 update with fixes for all
== libguestfs ==
"mkdir-p" should not throw errors on preexisting directories
cramfs and squashfs modules should be available in libguestfs
libguestfs /dev is too sparse for kernel installation/upgrade
Rich Jones and Charles Duffy have been busily fixing libguestfs
= Ongoing Bugs =
== qemu ==
qemu-kvm -kernel should parse "vga=" cmdline option
Someone posted an implementation for this upstream.
qemu segfault when VNC client disconnects
Enrico tried the test patch and it didn't help, but that could be
down to the fact that there are many failure cases. A cleaner fix
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