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Re: [libvirt] staggered guest startup / startup order



In addition to Dan's reply, operating systems ought to indicate what
stage they have reached in the boot process (eg.  "BIOS up", "kernel
up", "userspace up", "applications started"), perhaps by writing a
status code into a register.

Some PC BIOSes do this already, writing to IO port 0x80, see for
example:

  http://lkml.indiana.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/0203.1/0770.html

If you are using a watchdog driver, feasibly you might use this to
detect when userspace in the guest is active.

Anyway, this is worth discussing with the relevant upstream projects,
QEMU, IPMI, various watchdog hardware ...

Rich.

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