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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH] qemu: Support OVMF on aarch64 guests

On 11/19/2014 11:46 AM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 05:42:35PM +0100, Michal Privoznik wrote:
On 19.11.2014 17:28, Cole Robinson wrote:
On 11/19/2014 11:22 AM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 11:17:30AM -0500, Cole Robinson wrote:
On 11/19/2014 11:13 AM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:40:09AM -0500, Cole Robinson wrote:
On 11/19/2014 10:30 AM, Michal Privoznik wrote:
Currently, we are whitelisting architectures, that we know how to run
OVMF on. So far, only x86_64 was enabled. However, looking at qemu
code, the same commandline can be used to enable OVMF for aarch64.

Signed-off-by: Michal Privoznik <mprivozn redhat com>
  src/qemu/qemu_command.c | 3 ++-
  1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/src/qemu/qemu_command.c b/src/qemu/qemu_command.c
index d2e6991..ca57e35 100644
--- a/src/qemu/qemu_command.c
+++ b/src/qemu/qemu_command.c
@@ -7749,7 +7749,8 @@
qemuBuildDomainLoaderCommandLine(virCommandPtr cmd,

          /* UEFI is supported only for x86_64 currently */
-        if (def->os.arch != VIR_ARCH_X86_64) {
+        if (def->os.arch != VIR_ARCH_X86_64 &&
+            def->os.arch != VIR_ARCH_AARCH64) {
                             _("pflash is not supported for %s
guest architecture"),

Please add armv7hl as well, it should work completely identically
we have an OS that supports it). ACK with that

Really ? I thought ARM7 world was going to use its legacy BIOS
approach forever, only AArch64 going for UEFI approach.

There is arm32 support in UEFI, but I don't know if distros are ever
to do the work of adopting it, because real hw is all u-boot based.

But -M virt is very similar regardless of aarch64 or arm32, so _if_
ever produces an arm32 disk image with uefi boot support, the qemu
line should be identical to the aarch64 WRT uefi/nvram/pflash. That's my
understanding anyways

Ok, I guess it doesn't hurt to have it enabled for arm7 then, even if
no one is likely to use it


though frankly I don't really understand the point of restricting it in
libvirt code to x86 in the first place. if we hadn't done that, we
wouldn't need this patch for aarch64. Hence my original patch to just
drop the arch check entirely

I believe there was this concern that other architectures may require
different cmd line to use UEFI. On x86_64 the UEFI firmware and NVRAM store
are passed as flash devices that qemu maps into guest memory (at some
specific address). And other arches may have different approach and thus
different command line. So I've decided to be explicit which architectures
we support UEFI on.

I understand sometimes detecting error conditions in libvirt before qemu
can throw an error is important for improving error reporting. But we
should be careful about trying to get into the game of predicting what
will and won't work with qemu, it's just more code that needs to be
maintained and kept up to date. Just my 2 cents

I see your point, although we are already in that game. When building
command line qemuCaps is consulted heavily to predict what will work and
what will not.

The difference there is that qemuCaps is populated based on what
we've actually queried from QEMU.

This arch check for OVMF is an arbitrary check placed in libvirt
code which is not related to the current QEMU binary in any way.
I think that's fairly dubious in general and I'd be in favour of
just removing this arch check entirely, unless there's a way to
actually probe support from the QEMU binary to control this.

Hmm, I also just noticed that the x86_64 check is reproduced in qemu_capabilities as well, for populating domcapabilities output. So a small additional patch is needed (to satisfy virt-manager at least)

- Cole

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