Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v7.5] kvm: notify host when the guest is panicked

From: Anthony Liguori
Date: Sun Jul 22 2012 - 15:14:13 EST

Sasha Levin <levinsasha928@xxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On 07/21/2012 10:44 AM, Wen Congyang wrote:
>> We can know the guest is panicked when the guest runs on xen.
>> But we do not have such feature on kvm.
>> Another purpose of this feature is: management app(for example:
>> libvirt) can do auto dump when the guest is panicked. If management
>> app does not do auto dump, the guest's user can do dump by hand if
>> he sees the guest is panicked.
>> We have three solutions to implement this feature:
>> 1. use vmcall
>> 2. use I/O port
>> 3. use virtio-serial.
>> We have decided to avoid touching hypervisor. The reason why I choose
>> choose the I/O port is:
>> 1. it is easier to implememt
>> 2. it does not depend any virtual device
>> 3. it can work when starting the kernel
> Was the option of implementing a virtio-watchdog driver considered?
> You're basically re-implementing a watchdog, a guest-host interface and a set of protocols for guest-host communications.
> Why can't we re-use everything we have now, push a virtio watchdog
> driver into drivers/watchdog/, and gain a more complete solution to
> detecting hangs inside the guest.

The purpose of virtio is not to reinvent every possible type of device.
There are plenty of hardware watchdogs that are very suitable to be used
for this purpose. QEMU implements quite a few already.

Watchdogs are not performance sensitive so there's no point in using


Anthony Liguori
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