[libvirt] QMP Capability Detection Issues with GIT version of QEMU

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Thu Nov 22 16:50:11 UTC 2012

On Thu, Nov 22, 2012 at 05:41:30PM +0100, Viktor Mihajlovski wrote:
> I ran into trouble today trying to use the GIT level of QEMU.
> In a nutshell: the capability detection with QMP is failing
> and the fallback using -help isn't working with the GIT level
> probably due to help text reformatting.
> The failure reason is that QEMU cannot bind to the
> QMP monitor socket in the /var/lib/libvirt/qemu directory.
> That's because the child process is stripped of all
> capabilities and this directory is chown'ed to qemu:qemu
> by the QEMU driver.
> Note that this is failing with the release QEMU as well,
> with the difference that the fallback is working there.
> I am willing to provide a patch, however I'd like
> to get feedback on the approach to use:
> 1. Add back Linux capabilities CAP_DAC_OVERRIDE,
>    CAP_DAC_READ_SEARCH to allow QEMU to bind to
>    the monitor socket.
>    This seems to be hacky/dodging the problem.
> 2. Use a separate directory for the QMP probing
>    instance of QEMU.
> 3. Run the QMP QEMU under the configured qemu
>    user. This would be my favorite.

Yep, this seems like the right thing todo.

/me tries to understand why I didn't see this problem myself.

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