[libvirt] [PATCH] support qemuMonitorSend() to be called at the same time

Eric Blake eblake at redhat.com
Thu Jul 28 20:19:48 UTC 2011

On 07/28/2011 03:13 AM, Wen Congyang wrote:
> Current, we support run sync job and async job at the same time. It means that the
> monitor commands for two jobs can be run in any order.
> In the function qemuDomainObjEnterMonitorInternal():
>      if (priv->job.active == QEMU_JOB_NONE&&  priv->job.asyncJob) {
>          if (qemuDomainObjBeginNestedJob(driver, obj)<  0)
> We check whether the caller is an async job by priv->job.active and
> priv->job.asynJob. But when an async job is running, priv->job.active
> is QEMU_JOB_NONE if no sync job is running, or priv->job.active is not
> QEMU_JOB_NONE if a sync job is running. So we cannot check whether the
> caller is an async job in the function qemuDomainObjEnterMonitorInternal().
> Unfortunately, if sync job and async job are running at the same time, we may
> try to send monitor command at the same time in two threads. It's very
> dangerous, and it will cause libvirtd crashed.

Thanks for the analysis.  I think you are spot on as to the problem's 
root cause - we are not properly serializing access to the monitor when 
mixing a sync and an async job.

However, I'm not yet convinced that adding yet another new condvar is 
the solution.  Rather, your idea of adding 
qemuDomainObjEnterMonitorWithDriverAsync() might be the way to go.  And 
as for existing functions that can be used either by the async job or by 
a sync job (qemuProcessStopCPUs), I think that merely means that 
qemuDomainObjEnterMonitorWithDriverAsync is passed either 
QEMU_ASYNC_JOB_NONE (sync job request) or the current async job, and 
that qemuDomainObjEnterMonitorWithDriver becomes shorthand for 

I'll try a patch along those lines, but may end up going with yours 
after all.

Eric Blake   eblake at redhat.com    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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