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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH 3/6] qemu: explicitly disable audio if there is no sound device



On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 11:24:06 +0000, Daniel Berrange wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 02:45:08PM +0100, Pavel Hrdina wrote:
> > If there is no sound device configured for the guest we can disable the
> > audio output because hot-plugging sound devices isn't supported.
> 
> Are you sure about that. While libvirt may not have wired up ability to
> hotplug sound devices, I'm pretty sure that QEMU is able to hotplug
> them.

At least the USB sound card should allow hotplug in qemu, so I agree
with this...

On the other hand the output should be a property which can be
configured individually for every sound card. I think it's desirable to
have a soundcard dedicated to one output method and a second one for a
different output method and let the guest OS decide on which cards the
sound will play.

> Ff libvirt forceably disables the audio backend, now, and then future
> libvirt enables the pre-existing QEMU support for hotplug, existing VMs
> will be doomed.
> 
> IOW, I don't think this patch is desirable.

We could allow hotplug only if qemu will allow to specify the sound
output per-soundcard which would avoid this problem.

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