[libvirt] [PATCH/QEMU] s390x/kvm: use cpu_model_available for guarded storage on compat machines

David Hildenbrand david at redhat.com
Wed Oct 25 15:50:13 UTC 2017

On 25.10.2017 17:09, Boris Fiuczynski wrote:
> On 10/25/2017 12:23 PM, David Hildenbrand wrote:
>> On 25.10.2017 12:18, Christian Borntraeger wrote:
>>> Ping, I plan to submit belows patch for 2.11. We can then still look into
>>> a libvirt<->qemu interface for limiting host-model depending on machine versions
>>> (or not).
>> I think this would be sufficient for now.
>> Having different host models, depending on the the machine type sounds
>> wrong. But maybe we'll need it in the future.
> David, I disagree if your proposal is to generally tolerate new cpu 
> features in old machine types. This *might* work for gs but how do you 
> guaranty that guests do not behave differently/wrong when suddenly new 
> cpu features are made available to guest when (re-)starting them.
> That is my feedback for the qemu side of this mater.

Just re-reading this section, so what you mean is:

a) guest is started, host model is copied and used. guest works.
b) guest is stopped.
c) QEMU/KVM/HW is updated.
d) guest is started, new host model is copied. guest no longer works.

d) could be because there are now some additional features with e.g.
broken guest implementation or now missing features.

What you propose (if I am not wrong) is a to bind features somehow to a
QEMU machine. I think that should never be done. You could not catch now
missing features.

What would you think about a persistent host-model copy option? So
instead of copying at every start, only copy and replace it once in the XML?

Easy to specify by the user and no CPU feature changes will happend




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