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Re: [Qemu-devel] Interest in hardware plugin functionality

From: Lennert Buytenhek
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Interest in hardware plugin functionality
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 13:01:09 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.4.1i

On Mon, Jan 09, 2006 at 05:38:58PM -0800, Andre Pech wrote:

> I have been using qemu to simulate various types of custom hardware
> for testing purposes. Rather than having to recompile qemu every time
> I change a hardware simulation, I instead patched qemu to support
> dynamically loading hardware plugin files at run time. The basic idea
> is that you can specify .so files to load on the command line when you
> boot qemu. These files will be dlopened by qemu at run time, and will
> register themselves as hardware to the appropriate hardware controller
> (ie a PCI device hardware plugin registers itself with the PCI bus).

I think the biggest problem would be that a lot of operating systems
don't support hotplug PCI.


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