[Qemu-discuss] Problem with virtio-serial devices in qemu-kvm breaking w
[Qemu-discuss] Problem with virtio-serial devices in qemu-kvm breaking when guests write on channel with host side closed
Wed, 1 Jun 2016 13:47:16 +0000
I have a problem which I am currently experiencing with QEMU 2.3.1 that is used in my environment where virtio-serial devices are not working properly. I will detail the problem below, but I should say that in investigating the problem further I tried the QEMU
2.5 release in Ubuntu 16.04 where the bug unfortunately still existed. I then tried building QEMU 2.6 which recently came out and it appears that the bug has been fixed in that release. The problem I currently have now is that I don't just want to jump to
using QEMU 2.6 as QEMU 2.3.1 is rather stable aside from this problem. I would like to backport whatever patch fixed this problem, but in searching the git log I found nothing obvious. I am wondering if anyone happens to be familiar with this problem, what
the fix for it is, and if it is possible to backport the fix to QEMU 2.3.1.
The following is a description of the bug:
1. Using virt-manager or some other means, install you favorite Linux distribution that has virtio-serial support in the kernel.
2. Add the following to the libvirt XML for the guest that you created:
3. Start up the guest and while it is booting do a virsh dumpxml to determine the /dev/pty/? device attached to the host side of the channel.
4. In a terminal on the host, execute the command "cat /dev/pty/?" to capture output.
5. In a terminal on the guest, execute the command "echo test1 > /dev/virtio-ports/test".
6. Observe that the message "test1" is displayed on the host side.
7. Press CTRL-C in the terminal on the host to kill the "cat" command.
8. In the terminal on the guest, execute the command "echo test2 > /dev/virtio-ports/test".
9. In a terminal on the host, execute the command "cat /dev/pty/?" to capture output again.
10. Observe that "test2" is not displayed in the output on the host side.
11. In the terminal on the guest, execute the command "echo test3 > /dev/virtio-ports/test".
12. Observe that "test3" is also not displayed in the output on the host side.
If you skip the step where "test2" is sent when the host side is closed then you will see "test3" displayed successfully. It seems that if any write occurs on the guest side while the host side has been closed, then it breaks the virtio-serial channel in a
manner that nothing else can ever be read again. The only way to get it working again is to completely shutdown the guest and restart it. The operating system running inside the guest does not appear to matter as this happens with Ubuntu, Windows, CentOS,
etc, so this seems to be a problem with qemu-kvm.
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