Patch Re: [Libvir] save and restore guest

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at
Mon Oct 22 07:53:42 UTC 2007

Farkas Levente wrote:
> Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 19, 2007 at 01:56:10PM +0200, Farkas Levente wrote:
>>> Farkas Levente wrote:
>>>> Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
>>>>> The save/restore capability is currently only available in the KVM-ified
>>>>> version of QEMU. We could make it try to save, and failing that destroy
>>>>> the guest. The xendomains scripts isn't a good model to emulate though.
>>>>> The autostart/kill functionality is part of the libvirt daemon itself. Any
>>>>> save/restore capability would be best integrated there
>>>> for those who like to save and restore guest at libvirtd stop and start
>>>> i attached a patch we use to for it. it's based on xen's sripts.
>>>> LIBVIRTD_AUTO_ONLY still not implemented but the sysconfig file already
>>>> contains it. if you like to set the default behavior to the current then
>>>> set LIBVIRTD_RESTORE to false.
>>>> imho it'd be useful to include in the upstream libvirtd too.
>>> and the patch:-)
>> As I mentioned above, doing this in the init script is a bad idea because
>> it does not interact well with domain autostart. The libvirt dameon itself
>> will autostart domains when it starts. So you may be saving the guests
>> at shutdown, but at the next boot any which are marked autostart will be
>> started fresh & the subsequent restore for them will fail since they are
>> already running. Doing this all correctly requires doing it in the daemon
>> not the initscript.
> yes, but currently it's not implemented:-( but if you don't autostart
> any guest (which is the current default) my patch at least working until
> it'll be implemented.

The problem is that if we put in your patch, we add a set of 
configuration options which we'll have to keep supporting forever, even 
when the 'proper' solution is done (whatever that might be).


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