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Re: [Qemu-devel] Anyone seeing huge slowdown launching qemu with Linux 2

From: Gerd Hoffmann
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Anyone seeing huge slowdown launching qemu with Linux 2.6.35?
Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2010 23:20:04 +0200
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We're already doing bulk data transfer over fw_cfg as we need to do it
to transfer roms and potentially a boot splash.

Why do we need to transfer roms? These are devices on the memory bus or
pci bus, it just needs to be there at the right address.

Indeed.  We do that in most cases.  The exceptions are:

  (1) -M somethingold.  PCI devices don't have a pci rom bar then by
      default because they didn't not have one in older qemu versions,
      so we need some other way to pass the option rom to seabios.
  (2) vgabios.bin.  vgabios needs patches to make loading via pci rom
      bar work (vgabios-cirrus.bin works fine already).  I have patches
      in the queue to do that.
  (3) roms not associated with a PCI device:  multiboot, extboot,
      -option-rom command line switch, vgabios for -M isapc.

The default configuration (qemu $diskimage) loads two roms: vgabios-cirrus.bin and e1000.bin. Both are loaded via pci rom bar and not via fw_cfg.


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