[libvirt] [PATCH v2 0/4] use the 'vram' attribute for QEMU video devices

Pavel Hrdina phrdina at redhat.com
Fri Nov 14 15:09:53 UTC 2014

On 11/14/2014 04:00 PM, Gerd Hoffmann wrote:
>    Hi,
>> The 'vgamem_mb' parameter for QXL sets the VGA framebuffer size, but the VGA
>> mode in QXL is used only as fallback if the OS doesn't have any QXL drivers
>> or before the drivers are loaded. The VGA framebuffer is part of the first ram
>> for QXL and for that we have 'ram' attribute. The rest of the first ram is
>> memory for rendering commands and it's data. Default VGA framebuffer size is
>> 8MB which is sufficient.
> It isn't that simple.   The vga framebuffer can be used as as video
> memory in non-vga mode too.  Guest driver can choose whenever it uses
> the vga framebuffer or vram bar.
> Traditional behavior is to use the vga framebuffer, in fact very old qxl
> device revisions don't have a vram pci bar in the first place.  Because
> of that vgamem_mb should be configurable on qxl too.
> cheers,
>    Gerd

Hi Gerd,

I thought that it isn't that simple. Thanks for the clarification. The
goal of those patches is to have only one 'vram' attribute in libvirt's
XML and it should be used to set the size of video memory for different
video devices for different hypervisors. It's simple for all QEMU video
devices except the QXL where you can set 3 different parameters.

That's probably good point to also introduce a way to set the]
'vgamem_mb' for QXL.

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