[Libvir] Restarting of libvirt_qemud daemon

Mark McLoughlin markmc at redhat.com
Fri Mar 9 14:38:21 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2007-03-09 at 03:25 +0000, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> Thinking about later RPM upgrades I think we need to think about whether it
> will be possible to restart the libvirt_qemud while guests & networks are
> running.

	If I had time, I'd give some serious thought as to whether we need to
allow this. Are there any other examples of a daemon that manages
something long-lived that can't be restarted without shutting down what
it's managing?

> There's a couple of issues:
>  - We do waitpid() to cleanup qemu & dnsmasq processes when we stop domains
>    & networks, or to detect when they crash. For the former, we could may
>    they daemons to avoid waitpid() cleanup, but we'd still need waitpid to
>    be able to detect shutdowns. There is also the issue of enumerating
>    running instances.
>  - We always try to re-create a bridge device at startup, even if it already
>    exists. Likewise we always try to add the IPtables rules & start dnsmasq.
>    We can easily detect if the bridge already exists. I think we can probably
>    double check iptables rulles too., The tricky one is figuring out whether
>    a dnsmasq instance is still running.
> Dealing with theses not only helps planned restarts, but will also make it
> possible start up the daemon again after a crash without having to kill off
> all guests & networks manually. So I think it is worth investigating what
> we can do to enable restarts. It might be worth waiting until we sort out
> whether we'll merge libvirt_qemud with the generic libvirtd remote daemon
> though so we don't have to do the work twice over.

	I guess the way I'd look at it is, a running qemud contains various
state - how do you recover that state on restart?


  - the list of running VMs, the PID of the qemu processes, the 
    stdout/stderr/monitor pipes, the domain ID, and the domain UUID if 
    we generated it

  - the list of running networks, the bridge associated with each 
    network and the PID of the dnsmasq processes.

	I could perhaps imagine using named pipes, caching this state in /var
and re-loading it on startup but ... non-trivial to say the least.


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