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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH V3] libxl: fix dom0 balloon logic

On Wed, Apr 01, 2015 at 11:08:54AM -0600, Jim Fehlig wrote:
Recent testing on large memory systems revealed a bug in the Xen xl
tool's freemem() function.  When autoballooning is enabled, freemem()
is used to ensure enough memory is available to start a domain,
ballooning dom0 if necessary.  When ballooning large amounts of memory
from dom0, freemem() would exceed its self-imposed wait time and
return an error.  Meanwhile, dom0 continued to balloon.  Starting the
domain later, after sufficient memory was ballooned from dom0, would
succeed.  The libvirt implementation in libxlDomainFreeMem() suffers
the same bug since it is modeled after freemem().

In the end, the best place to fix the bug on the Xen side was to
slightly change the behavior of libxl_wait_for_memory_target().
Instead of failing after caller-provided wait_sec, the function now
blocks as long as dom0 memory ballooning is progressing.  It will return
failure only when more memory is needed to reach the target and wait_sec
have expired with no progress being made.  See xen.git commit fd3aa246.
There was a dicussion on how this would affect other libxl apps like


If libvirt containing this patch was build against a Xen containing
the old libxl_wait_for_memory_target() behavior, libxlDomainFreeMem()
will fail after 30 sec and domain creation will be terminated.
Without this patch and with old libxl_wait_for_memory_target() behavior,
libxlDomainFreeMem() does not succeed after 30 sec, but returns success
anyway.  Domain creation continues resulting in all sorts of fun stuff
like cpu soft lockups in the guest OS.  It was decided to properly fix
libxl_wait_for_memory_target(), and if anything improve the default
behavior of apps using the freemem reference impl in xl.

xl was patched to accommodate the change in libxl_wait_for_memory_target()
with xen.git commit 883b30a0.  This patch does the same in the libxl
driver.  While at it, I changed the logic to essentially match
freemem() in $xensrc/tools/libxl/xl_cmdimpl.c.  It was a bit cleaner
IMO and will make it easier to spot future, potentially interesting

Signed-off-by: Jim Fehlig <jfehlig suse com>

Remove unneeded local variable 'ret' in libxlDomainFreeMem.


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