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[libvirt] libvirt-libxl driver defaulting to tap disk and not working (on Fedora 18 and rawhide)



Hi Jim, Everyone,

I'm having some issues when trying out libvirt-libxl driver on my
Fedora, bot on Fedora 18 and Fedorra rawhide (the former seems to be
running 0.10.2.3, the later 1.0.2).

Here's what happen:

[root localhost ~]# systemctl status xend.service
xend.service - Xend - interface between hypervisor and some applications
	  Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/xend.service; disabled)
	  Active: inactive (dead)

[root localhost ~]# virt-install -l http://fedora.mirror.constant.com/linux/releases/18/Fedora/x86_64/os/ --ram 1024 --disk /dev/vms/F18_x64 --name F18_x64

Starting install...
Retrieving file .treeinfo...                             | 2.2 kB     00:00 !!! 
Retrieving file vmlinuz...                               | 9.3 MB     00:06 !!! 
Retrieving file initrd.img...                            |  53 MB     00:33 !!! 
ERROR    internal error libxenlight failed to create new domain 'F18_x64'
Domain installation does not appear to have been successful.
If it was, you can restart your domain by running:
  virsh --connect xen:/// start F18_x64
otherwise, please restart your installation.

[root localhost ~]# cat /var/log/libvirt/libxl/libxl.log
...
libxl: verbose: libxl_create.c:158:libxl__domain_build_info_setdefault: qemu-xen is unavailable, use qemu-xen-traditional instead: No such file or directory
libxl: debug: libxl_create.c:1174:do_domain_create: ao 0x7f566c008d90: create: how=(nil) callback=(nil) poller=0x7f566c009030
libxl: debug: libxl_device.c:229:libxl__device_disk_set_backend: Disk vdev=xvda spec.backend=tap
libxl: debug: libxl_device.c:184:disk_try_backend: Disk vdev=xvda, backend tap unsuitable because blktap not available
libxl: error: libxl_device.c:269:libxl__device_disk_set_backend: no suitable backend for disk xvda
libxl: debug: libxl_event.c:1499:libxl__ao_complete: ao 0x7f566c008d90: complete, rc=-3
libxl: debug: libxl_create.c:1187:do_domain_create: ao 0x7f566c008d90: inprogress: poller=0x7f566c009030, flags=ic
libxl: debug: libxl_event.c:1471:libxl__ao__destroy: ao 0x7f566c008d90: destroy

So, it looks like it tries to use blktap, even if I'm using an LVM
volume, and fails. If I go for this:
[root localhost ~]# virt-install -l http://fedora.mirror.constant.com/linux/releases/18/Fedora/x86_64/os/ --ram 1024 --disk /dev/vms/F18_x64,driver_name=phy --name F18_x64 --bridge virbr0

it works, but only because (or at least so it looks to me) I'm manually
providing ",driver_name=phy".

Also (as it could have been expected, I guess) there is no way I can get
it to work with a file backed VHD.

Is all this supposed to happen?

I haven't had the chance to try out the code from git yet, do you think
it would make any difference?

FYI, I've also opened this Fedora bugreport, about this very same issue:
 https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=912488

Thanks and Regards,
Dario

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Dario Faggioli, Ph.D, http://about.me/dario.faggioli
Senior Software Engineer, Citrix Systems R&D Ltd., Cambridge (UK)

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