[libvirt] Question about virtio-pci in Aarch64

Andrea Bolognani abologna at redhat.com
Wed Aug 17 13:51:47 UTC 2016

On Wed, 2016-08-17 at 09:18 -0400, Cole Robinson wrote:
> > I have changed the libvirt to 1.3.5 now, also add the pci to net-device xml like: 
> >  <address type='pci'/>,then use the virsh to boot the VM,the total xml file is:
> >  https://paste.fedoraproject.org/409534/71434141/
>> > After booting, the eth0 device disappear(eth0 occur when the address is
> > virtio-mmio),
> > but I can find another net-device, also it can't work for dhcp: 
> > 2: enp2s1: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state
> > UP group default qlen 1000
> >     link/ether 52:54:00:0d:25:26 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
> >     inet6 fe80::5054:ff:fe0d:2526/64 scope link 
> >        valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
> > Running lspci:
> > 02:01.0 Ethernet controller: Red Hat, Inc Virtio network device
>> > My question is: 
> > 1. I use Debian 8 AArch64 as the Guest OS, do you think the virtio-pci for
> > net-device works is OK ?
> My guess is that the support isn't complete. Last I checked Fedora doesn't
> even work with aarch64 virtio-pci + uefi, because it requires some kernel
> changes that haven't been fully upstreamed yet. But that was several months
> ago... There may be a way to work around it nowadays but I don't personally
> know. You may want to test with either RHELSA if you have a copy, or linaro
> images.
> > 2. If I change the disk address-type to pci(Libvirt pass the virtio pci
> > parameters to Qemu for disk device), but I can't boot 
> > the VM. Does Qemu not support virtio pci for  disk device in AArch64?
> That should work fine in my testing with RHELSA, so I don't think it's a
> libvirt or qemu limitation. Probably the guest OS + UEFI.

Looks like Debian 8.5 simply doesn't include virtio-pci

  $ lsinitramfs /boot/initrd.img | grep virtio

  $ modprobe virtio-pci
  modprobe: FATAL: Module virtio-pci not found.

I think kernel 3.16.0 is simply too old.

Unfortunately, I tried the same setup with an up-to-date
Debian testing guest and I was still unable to boot it with
virtio-pci disk and network. Support for this kind of setup is
still far from being ready for mass consumption, I'm afraid.

Andrea Bolognani / Red Hat / Virtualization

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