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Re: [Qemu-devel] virtio breakage with 2.6.25 guest kernel

From: Avi Kivity
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] virtio breakage with 2.6.25 guest kernel
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:00:42 +0200
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Alexander Graf wrote:

while I don't fully understand the problem, here's what I experience so far:

When using an openSUSE 11.0 kernel (2.6.25) in the guest, virtio on tap
breaks with current KVM git, while it used to work before (haven't
bisected, definitely worked in kvm-78, but is probably due to Anthony's
rewrite). It shows the following message (comes from qemu):

virtio-net header not in first element

This is because qemu expects a message with mergeable rx bufs (12
bytes), but if I see things correctly the old kernel doesn't support
that feature (sends 10 bytes). I put in some debug messages on IO
reads/writes in the qemu virtio handler and got these:

virtio IO read: 0 = 0x100bba3
virtio IO write: 0x4 = 0x100bba3
virtio: setting features 0x100bba3

So I believe the feature masking is somewhat non-functional? Or did I
read the masking code in qemu's virtio-net wrong?

Basically for me, current KVM git broke old guest support, which is a
clear regression and should not happen. Does anybody with more expertise
in virtio want to take on this?

I think this was reported and fixed, possibly by c45a681.

error compiling committee.c: too many arguments to function

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