[libvirt] Dropping RHEL-6/CentOS-6 support

Peter Krempa pkrempa at redhat.com
Tue Feb 9 14:15:31 UTC 2016

On Tue, Feb 09, 2016 at 12:59:45 +0000, Daniel Berrange wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 09, 2016 at 01:56:19PM +0100, Michal Privoznik wrote:
> > On 09.02.2016 13:52, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> > > On Tue, Feb 09, 2016 at 12:07:43PM +0100, Michal Privoznik wrote:


> > > IMHO it is well premature to stop caring about RHEL-6. We only just
> > > dropped support for RHEL-5, but RHEL-6 is very much still a widely
> > > used platform and will continue to be so for a good while yet.
> > 
> > Sure, but I'm not talking about downstream support rather than upstream
> > one. Or are you saying that nor upstream should drop RHEL-6?
> I'm talking about upstream too. Libvirt is *not* about only supporting the
> latest cutting edge distros. We aim to support a broad range of distros
> that are currently widely in use. RHEL-6 most certainly falls under that
> umbrella, and upstream libvirt must *not* drop it as a targetted platform.

The qemu in rhel6 has diverged so much from it's original code base that
libvirt is carrying hacks to make it work:

commit ff88cd590572277f10ecee4ebb1174d9b70fc0d7
Author: Eric Blake <eblake at redhat.com>
Date:   Wed Jan 25 21:33:21 2012 -0700

    qemu: support qmp on RHEL/CentOS qemu
    I'm getting tired of remembering to backport RHEL-specific
    patches when building upstream libvirt on RHEL 6.x or CentOS.
    All the affected versions of RHEL qemu-kvm have backported
    enough patches to a) make JSON useful, and b) modify the
    -help text to mention libvirt as the preferred interface;
    which means this string in the help output is a reliable
    indicator that we can outsmart a strict version check,
    even when upstream qemu 0.12 lacked the needed features.

This code looks specifically for the string "libvirt" which was added by
the downstream version. The upstream libvirt doesn't carry a few
downstream patches that make certain features work though.

With the above code we are able to run with the qemu, but I'd not really
want to call it that we support it. We merely put it on life support so
that it works.

Additionally you don't really gain much with just using new libvirt, and
when you want to compile new qemu you might as well as use a completely
new system as well. Using it on Centos6 would not really add any benefit
in this regard.

The above is to point out that users of Centos 6 usually won't compile
libvirt and qemu from sources since they want to enjoy benefits of a
stable platform with tested software. Sticking upstream versions on top
of that defies the purpose.

(I will not complain any more though. I just wanted to point this out.)


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