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Re: [Xen-devel] vnc=1 / pvgrub / close fb: backend at /local/domain/0/backend/vfb/xx/0

On Wed, 2014-10-22 at 11:59 +0200, Samuel Thibault wrote:
> Ian Campbell, le Wed 22 Oct 2014 10:00:36 +0100, a Ãcrit :
> > On Wed, 2014-10-22 at 08:24 +1100, Steven Haigh wrote:
> > > As a side note to this - if I use pygrub as a bootloader vs using
> > > pvgrub, then VNC works perfectly.
> > > 
> > > So, what options exist to make pvgrub behave properly for booting with
> > > VNC enabled?
> > 
> > ISTR (vaguely) that way back when the backends needed to be modified to
> > cope with kexec (which is effectively what pvgrub does) by not exiting
> > when the frontend disconnects, instead sticking around waiting for a new
> > frontend, this relates somehow to the "online" key in xenstore.
> > 
> > Perhaps the pvfb backend never got that treatment, which would explain
> > #2? 
> Probably, yes.

Adding Stefano and Anthony, since the backend in this case is in qemu.

When the frontend disconnects and the online node == 1 then the backend
is supposed to go from Closed back to InitWait and wait for a new
connection, as opposed to shutting down. This is needed for kexec (which
pvgrub uses).

I can see some handling of the online node in hw/xen/xen_backend.c but
it doesn't look like it would do what is needed here. I also don't see
any handling in either hw/block/xen_disk.c or hw/display/xenfb.c. Which
makes me suspect that as well as pvfb not working with kexec/pvgrub
neither does the qdisk backend, which would be unfortunate.


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