[libvirt] [PATCH] qemu: Support chardevs with ARM virt machines

Andrew Jones drjones at redhat.com
Mon Jun 26 15:19:23 UTC 2017

On Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 10:10:55AM -0400, Cole Robinson wrote:
> On 06/24/2017 10:07 PM, Andrea Bolognani wrote:
> > On Sat, 2017-06-24 at 16:07 +0200, Christoffer Dall wrote:
> >> At this point I'm a little confused about how to proceed here.  Would
> >> you like further evidence of an environment that reproduces the issue
> >> with console and the isa bus, with additional logic added to this
> >> patch to fix that, or should we get this patch merged and fix the
> >> other issue separately?
> > 
> > We can merge the patch without further changes to it, as
> > it fixes part of the issues that prevent the feature to work.
> > 
> > Actually, I just added
> > 
> > Reviewed-by: Andrea Bolognani <abologna at redhat.com>
> > 
> > and pushed it :)
> It may fix part of the issue but it likely breaks all existing aarch64 -M virt
> libvirt VMs. My VM created by virt-manager has:
>     <serial type='pty'>
>       <target port='0'/>
>     </serial>
>     <console type='pty'>
>       <target type='serial' port='0'/>
>     </console>
> And after this patch fails with:
> error: Failed to start domain fedora25-aarch64
> error: internal error: process exited while connecting to monitor:
> 2017-06-26T13:55:34.726293Z qemu-system-aarch64: -chardev pty,id=charserial0:
> char device redirected to /dev/pts/5 (label charserial0)
> 2017-06-26T13:55:34.782121Z qemu-system-aarch64: -device
> isa-serial,chardev=charserial0,id=serial0: No 'ISA' bus found for device
> 'isa-serial'
> There's a few things going on here:
> - Internally libvirt thinks that by default <serial> is isa-serial
> - For arm qemu though it's actually a pl011. This is a platform device and as
> such there isn't any current way to use -chardev with it AFAIK.

There is,

 -chardev pty,id=chardev0,logfile=/my/log/file \
 -serial chardev:chardev0

> - However -chardev will work for pci-serial device, which is <serial><target
> type='serial'/>

This works, but would require the guest kernel to have console=ttyS0 on
its command line, and adds an unnecessary extra serial device to the
guest, as it already has the PL011.

> So for one, we should change SupportsChardev to also check the devices target
> type. The test suite likely needs to be extended to add QEMU_CAPS_CHARDEV for
> all arm/aarch64 test cases, to demonstrate the change. And describe the
> existing logic by adding a TARGET_TYPE_PL011 which is filled in as the default
> for arm/aarch64, and then we can key off that in the code.
> After that I think the options are either:
> 1) Openstack/other tools specifies target type='pci' for PCIe machvirt, to
> make <log> work
> 2) Change the libvirt serial default to target type=pci for PCIe machvirt. Not
> sure if they are operationally equivalent for all cases we care about though.
> Maybe we could make some kind of adaptive default like 'if PCIe machvirt &&
> serial device has <log> specified (or other features) then default target
> type=pci', but maybe that's too magic

3) magic, but magic that enables the PL011 to be the one and only default
   serial console device for mach-virt. The magic I advocate using is the
   -serial 'chardev:<chardev>' shown above.

> Would also be nice to have the libvirt output XML always list the serial
> target type which would clear up some of this confusion, but might cause
> migration XML compat issues for other archs
> In the interim though I think this patch should be reverted.

Reverted, or quickly completed. It's not wrong, but apparently it needs to
also ensure pci-serial is chosen for ARM guest targets.


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