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Re: [libvirt] Logging VM startup and shutdown



On 02/02/2011, at 4:23 AM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 01, 2011 at 08:45:41AM -0800, Ed Swierk wrote:
>> When troubleshooting a libvirt system the most obvious question I face
>> is when a given VM started and stopped.
>> 
>> The only way I've been able to obtain this information is by setting
>> log_level = 1 in libvirtd.conf, which turns on the firehose,
>> generating an enormous amount of output. I then have to sift through
>> the logs for magic strings like "virExecWithHook" to see when a VM
>> started, and "Shutting down VM" to see when a VM stopped. Is there no
>> concise message that indicates a VM starting up? "virExecWithHook"
>> doesn't exactly jump out.
>> 
>> I'd consider starting up and shutting down a VM to be at least worth
>> an info-level message in the log. I monkeyed with the log_filters
>> setting but I couldn't figure out how to filter those two strings. Any
>> hints?
> 
> In latest libvirt we write to the audit logs when a VM starts or
> stop, and upon hotplug of nics & disks (see /var/log/audit/audit.log)

This sounds like the kind of thing that could be monitored pretty effectively
with the hook scripts too.

  http://justinclift.fedorapeople.org/libvirt_website/hooks.html
  (sorry for the non libvirt.org URL, main site appears to be down atm)

I'm thinking "add a /etc/libvirt/hooks/qemu script" and make it output updated
vm state somewhere useful to you?




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