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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH] vl: allow "cont" from panicked state



Il 21/08/2013 15:30, Michael S. Tsirkin ha scritto:
> On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 02:01:17PM +0200, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
>> After reporting the GUEST_PANICKED monitor event, QEMU stops the VM.
>> The reason for this is that events are edge-triggered, and can be lost if
>> management dies at the wrong time.  Stopping a panicked VM lets management
>> know of a panic even if it has crashed; management can learn about the
>> panic when it restarts and queries running QEMU processes.  The downside
>> is of course that the VM will be paused while management is not running,
>> but that is acceptable if it only happens with explicit "-device pvpanic".
>>
>> Upon learning of a panic, management (if configured to do so) can pick a
>> variety of behaviors: leave the VM paused, reset it, destroy it.  In
>> addition to all of these behaviors, it is possible dumping the VM core
>> from the host.
>>
>> However, right now, the panicked state is irreversible, and can only be
>> exited by resetting the machine.  This means that any policy decision
>> is entirely in the hands of the host.  In particular there is no way to
>> use the "reboot on panic" option together with pvpanic.
>>
>> This patch makes the panicked state reversible (and removes various
>> workarounds that were there because of the state being irreversible).
>> With this change, management has a wider set of possible policies: it
>> can just log the crash and leave policy to the guest, it can leave the
>> VM paused.  In particular, the "log the crash and continue" is implemented
>> simply by sending a "cont" as soon as management learns about the panic.
>> Management could also implement the "irreversible paused state" itself.
>> And again, all such actions can be coupled with dumping the VM core.
>>
>> Unfortunately we cannot change the behavior of 1.6.0.  Thus, even if
>> it uses "-device pvpanic", management should check for "cont" failures.
>> If "cont" fails, management can then log that the VM remained paused
>> and urge the administrator to update QEMU.
>>
>> I suggest that this patch be included in an 1.6.1 release as soon as
>> possible, and perhaps in the 1.5 branch too.
>>
>> Cc: qemu-stable nongnu org
>> Signed-off-by: Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini redhat com>
> 
> OK this does sound reasonable, but it looks like current behaviour
> was intentional

Yes, it was intentional and it also sounded reasonable at the time.  The
gdbstub.c hack definitely should have raised a warning sign, though.

I suspect it was done this way simply because Xen has a "crashed" state
that behaves exactly like that, with policy determined exclusively by
the host.  And it has the same problems, in fact, even though I never
heard anyone complain about it for some weird reason...

With this patch, the same thing can be implemented at the libvirt level,
and the GUEST_PANICKED runstate now matches the semantics of watchdogs
too, so this solution is not only easier to use, but also more
consistent with the rest of QEMU.

Paolo

, so I wonder why was it put in place.
> Any idea?
> 
>> ---
>>  gdbstub.c | 3 ---
>>  vl.c      | 6 ++----
>>  2 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/gdbstub.c b/gdbstub.c
>> index 35ca7c2..747e67d 100644
>> --- a/gdbstub.c
>> +++ b/gdbstub.c
>> @@ -372,9 +372,6 @@ static inline void gdb_continue(GDBState *s)
>>  #ifdef CONFIG_USER_ONLY
>>      s->running_state = 1;
>>  #else
>> -    if (runstate_check(RUN_STATE_GUEST_PANICKED)) {
>> -        runstate_set(RUN_STATE_DEBUG);
>> -    }
>>      if (!runstate_needs_reset()) {
>>          vm_start();
>>      }
>> diff --git a/vl.c b/vl.c
>> index 25b8f2f..818d99e 100644
>> --- a/vl.c
>> +++ b/vl.c
>> @@ -637,9 +637,8 @@ static const RunStateTransition runstate_transitions_def[] = {
>>      { RUN_STATE_WATCHDOG, RUN_STATE_RUNNING },
>>      { RUN_STATE_WATCHDOG, RUN_STATE_FINISH_MIGRATE },
>>  
>> -    { RUN_STATE_GUEST_PANICKED, RUN_STATE_PAUSED },
>> +    { RUN_STATE_GUEST_PANICKED, RUN_STATE_RUNNING },
>>      { RUN_STATE_GUEST_PANICKED, RUN_STATE_FINISH_MIGRATE },
>> -    { RUN_STATE_GUEST_PANICKED, RUN_STATE_DEBUG },
>>  
>>      { RUN_STATE_MAX, RUN_STATE_MAX },
>>  };
>> @@ -685,8 +684,7 @@ int runstate_is_running(void)
>>  bool runstate_needs_reset(void)
>>  {
>>      return runstate_check(RUN_STATE_INTERNAL_ERROR) ||
>> -        runstate_check(RUN_STATE_SHUTDOWN) ||
>> -        runstate_check(RUN_STATE_GUEST_PANICKED);
>> +        runstate_check(RUN_STATE_SHUTDOWN);
>>  }
>>  
>>  StatusInfo *qmp_query_status(Error **errp)
>> -- 
>> 1.8.3.1
> 
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