[libvirt-users] Graphical framebuffers confuse, XML format about spice

Laine Stump laine at laine.org
Fri Sep 9 15:50:11 UTC 2011

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On 09/08/2011 11:23 PM, huachao yao wrote:
> 2011/9/9 Laine Stump <laine at laine.org <mailto:laine at laine.org>>
>     On 09/07/2011 11:03 PM, huachao yao wrote:
>         Hello, i want to start a guest OS in the server, and use spice
>         to achieve  graphical interaction with the guest OS. But when
>         i config the XML file, i was confuse by spice .
>         The graphic node is :
>         <graphics type='spice' port='5990' ><listen type='address'
>         address=''/></graphics>
>         but is has such error as below :
>         libvir: QEMU error : internal error process exited while
>         connecting to monitor: qemu-spice: -spice
>         port=5990,addr=,disable-ticketing: Invalid parameter
>         'addr'
>         parse error: port=5990,addr=,disable-ticketing
>     Apparently your "qemu-spice" binary supports the -spice option,
>     but doesn't support the addr option. That seems very strange. What
>     is the origin of "qemu-spice", and what version does it display?
> The qemu-spice version is :
> version 0.13.50 (qemu-kvm-devel), copy-right 2003-2008
> and the host OS is Fedora 13 , x86_64
> I think that "qemu-spice" binary supports the -spice option, but 
> doesn't support the addr option." is a good reason to explain to 
> problem. But how can i get the latest qemu-spice ?
> It is suit fedora 13?

Where did the original "qemu-spice" come from? That's not an official 
Fedora13 package, and in later versions of Fedora, spice support is 
included in the standard qemu-kvm package. It sounds like you either 
built qemu + a spice patch from source, or found a prebuilt package like 
that somewhere.

I've only used the spice support that is integrated into the qemu-kvm 
package of Fedora 14 and RHEL (the qemu-kvm in Fedora 13 is too old to 
have spice support, and Fedora 13 is now officially out of support mode)

I would do one of these things:

1) try getting a source tarball for a more recent qemu-kvm release and 
build/install that on your F13 machine.

2) upgrade to F14 or F15 (if you upgrade to F14, add the virt-preview 
repo to your yum configuration (just copy 
into /etc/yum.repos.d)

3) Decide that you maybe don't *really* need spice support, but that the 
VNC-based guest displays are adequate for your needs - this will work 
with the stock qemu-kvm on F13 and is just fine for most uses.

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