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Re: dropping 32-bit host support

From: Andrew Randrianasulu
Subject: Re: dropping 32-bit host support
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2023 12:17:24 +0300

чт, 16 мар. 2023 г., 11:31 Thomas Huth <thuth@redhat.com>:
On 16/03/2023 08.36, Philippe Mathieu-Daudé wrote:
> On 16/3/23 08:17, Andrew Randrianasulu wrote:
>> чт, 16 мар. 2023 г., 10:05 Philippe Mathieu-Daudé <philmd@linaro.org
>> <mailto:philmd@linaro.org>>:
>>     Hi Andrew,
>>     On 16/3/23 01:57, Andrew Randrianasulu wrote:
>>      > Looking at https://wiki.qemu.org/ChangeLog/8.0
>>     <https://wiki.qemu.org/ChangeLog/8.0>
>>      > <https://wiki.qemu.org/ChangeLog/8.0
>>     <https://wiki.qemu.org/ChangeLog/8.0>>
>>      >
>>      > ===
>>      > System emulation on 32-bit x86 and ARM hosts has been deprecated.
>>     The
>>      > QEMU project no longer considers 32-bit x86 and ARM support for
>>     system
>>      > emulation to be an effective use of its limited resources, and thus
>>      > intends to discontinue.
>>      >
>>      >   ==
>>      >
>>      > well, I guess arguing from memory-consuption point on 32 bit x86
>>     hosts
>>      > (like my machine where I run 32 bit userspace on 64 bit kernel)

All current PCs have multiple gigabytes of RAM, so using a 32-bit userspace
to save some few bytes sounds weird.

I think difference more like in 20-30% (on disk and in ram), not *few bytes*. Also, this whole "my program is only one running on user's machine"  is flawed.

(and in case you're talking about a very old PC that cannot be extened
anymore, you're likely better off with an older version of QEMU anyway)

>>     If you use a 64-bit kernel, then your host is 64-bit :)
>> No, I mean *kernel* is 64 bit yet userspace (glibc, X , ...) all 32bit.
>> So, qemu naturally will be 32-bit binary on my system.
> This configuration is still supported!
> Thomas, should we clarify yet again? Maybe adding examples?

There are two aspects here:

1) 32-bit KVM support - this won't be supported in the future anymore. Since
running a 32-bit QEMU on a 64-bit kernel still uses the 32-bit KVM API, KVM
also won't be possible anymore with a QEMU that has been compiled in 32-bit

2) Compiling a 32-bit QEMU binary won't be officially supported anymore. We
won't waste any more precious CI minutes on this (which is where we're
struggling the most currently), and likely no active support for finding and
fixing bugs.

Well, does this CI thing reuse build objects (even indirectly, via ccache) currently? 

But I guess we won't actively disable this possibility
(especially since we did not deprecate the corresponding 32-bit linux-user
emulation yet, so the emulation code will mostly still stay around).

In the long run, we likely want to get rid of the separate compilation of
the qemu-system-i386 binary, too, but that's still to be discussed. E.g. we
could add a special run mode to the qemu-system-x86_64 instead that makes
sure that the guest can only run in 32-bit mode.

>>     host: hardware where you run QEMU
>>     guest: what is run within QEMU
>>     Running 32-bit *guest* on your 64-bit *host* is still supported.

If the complete userspace is 32-bit, I'd rather consider it a 32-bit host.

>> [...] I also ran qemu-system-ppc on Huawei Matepad T8 (32 bit Android,
>> too) for emulating old mac os 9. Yes, I can wait 10 min per guest boot.
>> Fedora 36 armhf boots even slower on emulation!

Yes, but for such scenarios, you can also use older versions of QEMU, you
don't need the latest and greatest shiny QEMU version.

>> Well, sometimes simple patch restores functionality. I patched for example
>> olive-editor to run on 32 bit, and before this intel embree (raytracing
>> kernels for Lux renderer). So, _sometimes_ it really not that costly.
>> While if this CI thing really runs per-commit and thrown away each result
>> ... may be letting interested users to build things on their own machines
>> (and share patches, if they develop them, publicly) actually good idea.

The problem is really that we don't have unlimited resources in the QEMU
project. Currently we're heavily struggling with the load in the CI, but
also pure man power is always very scarce. So at one point in time, you have
to decide to say good bye to some old and hardly used features - at least to
stop testing and actively supporting it. If you want to continue testing and
fixing bugs for such host systems, that's fine, of course, but don't expect
the QEMU developers to do that job in the future.


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