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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] migration: Don't activate block devices if usin

From: Kevin Wolf
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] migration: Don't activate block devices if using -S
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2018 12:03:03 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.9.1 (2017-09-22)

Am 03.04.2018 um 22:52 hat Dr. David Alan Gilbert geschrieben:
> * Kevin Wolf (address@hidden) wrote:
> > Am 28.03.2018 um 19:02 hat Dr. David Alan Gilbert (git) geschrieben:
> > > From: "Dr. David Alan Gilbert" <address@hidden>
> > > 
> > > Activating the block devices causes the locks to be taken on
> > > the backing file.  If we're running with -S and the destination libvirt
> > > hasn't started the destination with 'cont', it's expecting the locks are
> > > still untaken.
> > > 
> > > Don't activate the block devices if we're not going to autostart the VM;
> > > 'cont' already will do that anyway.
> > > 
> > > bz: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1560854
> > > Signed-off-by: Dr. David Alan Gilbert <address@hidden>
> > 
> > I'm not sure that this is a good idea. Going back to my old writeup of
> > the migration phases...
> > 
> > https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/qemu-devel/2017-09/msg07917.html
> > 
> > ...the phase between migration completion and 'cont' is described like
> > this:
> > 
> >     b) Migration converges:
> >        Both VMs are stopped (assuming -S is given on the destination,
> >        otherwise this phase is skipped), the destination is in control of
> >        the resources
> > 
> > This patch changes the definition of the phase so that neither side is
> > in control of the resources. We lose the phase where the destination is
> > in control, but the VM isn't running yet. This feels like a problem to
> > me.
> But see Jiri's writeup on that bz;  libvirt is hitting the opposite
> problem;   in this corner case they can't have the destination taking
> control yet.

I wonder if they can't already grant the destination QEMU the necessary
permission in the pre-switchover phase. Just a thought, I don't know how
this works in detail, so it might not possible after all.

> > Consider a case where the management tool keeps a mirror job with
> > sync=none running to expose all I/O requests to some external process.
> > It needs to shut down the old block job on the source in the
> > 'pre-switchover' state, and start a new block job on the destination
> > when the destination controls the images, but the VM doesn't run yet (so
> > that it doesn't miss an I/O request). This patch removes the migration
> > phase that the management tool needs to implement this correctly.
> > 
> > If we need a "neither side has control" phase, we might need to
> > introduce it in addition to the existing phases rather than replacing a
> > phase that is still needed in other cases.
> This is yet another phase to be added.
> IMHO this needs the managment tool to explicitly take control in the
> case you're talking about.

What kind of mechanism do you have in mind there?

Maybe what could work would be separate QMP commands to inactivate (and
possibly for symmetry activate) all block nodes. Then the management
tool could use the pre-switchover phase to shut down its block jobs
etc., inactivate all block nodes, transfer its own locks and then call


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