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Re: [Qemu-devel] wake-on-lan & IPMI implementation; real power-off and -
Daniel P. Berrange
Re: [Qemu-devel] wake-on-lan & IPMI implementation; real power-off and -no-shutdown
Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:44:55 +0000
On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 05:28:51PM +0000, Jamie Lokier wrote:
> > The semantics of -no-shutdown are awful.
> > I'd personally prefer to see the option deprecated and a new set of
> > options introduced with clearer semantics.
> > Currently, -no-shutdown does too many things. It affects reboot
> > behaviour, shutdown behaviour, the behavior of the SDL close button.
> > Each of these things should be individual tunables.
> I'm not sure about -no-shutdown, but I've had some problems with -no-reboot,
> which I use for semi-automated OS installations.
> I use -no-reboot so that when the guest does a reboot during
> installation, as they invariably do one or more times, QEMU exits, my
> scripts does things eject the CD/floppy, or change it for the next in
> sequence, and modify the guest's installed files to add virtio
> drivers, install extra fiels, edit boot scripts and whatever else is
> useful, and then restart QEMU.
> The guest thinks it's just rebooted, but it has the virtualisation
> goodies in place to run better.
That's the way libvirt / virt-manager does provisioning too.
> Unfortunately with an MS-DOS 5.00 guest, -no-reboot does not
> work. It fails to exit QEMU; instead it just reboots. I guess that
> means a QJSON event would not be sent either.
> For my use case, it would be even better if guest reboot paused the
> guest and sent a QJSON event instead of having to use -no-reboot.
> Then I wouldn't have to close and restart the VNC client repeatedly
> during installs.
That would be nice!
> Now that we have ways to choose what kind of events and actions are
> triggered by the QEMU watchdog device, it would be nice to fit guest
> reboot (perhaps even the different types of reboot) / host-forced
> reboot / guest powerdown / host-forced powerdown (like holding down
> the power button for 5 seconds on a real PC) into the same/similar
> framework as the watchdog, with same/similar event types and action
Agreed, it'd be good to have a more generalized method of controlling
the lifecycle actions in QEMU.
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