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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] memory: add cmd line option to omit guest memor
Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] memory: add cmd line option to omit guest memory from qmeu core dump
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:14:42 -0600
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On 07/31/2012 06:07 PM, Anthony Liguori wrote:
> Jason Baron <address@hidden> writes:
>> Add a new '[,dump=on|off]' option to the '-m' memory option. When 'dump=off'
>> is specified, guest memory is omitted from the core dump. The default
>> continues to be to include guest memory when a core dump is triggered. In my
>> testing, this brought the core dump size down from 384MB to 6 MB on a 2GB
>> Thanks to Avi Kivity for the command line syntax.
>> DEF("m", HAS_ARG, QEMU_OPTION_m,
>> - "-m megs set virtual RAM size to megs MB [default="
>> - stringify(DEFAULT_RAM_SIZE) "]\n", QEMU_ARCH_ALL)
>> + "-m megs[,dump=on|off]\n"
>> + " set virtual RAM size to megs MB [default="
>> stringify(DEFAULT_RAM_SIZE) "]\n"
>> + " use 'dump=off' to omit guest memory from a core dump
>> + QEMU_ARCH_ALL)
> That said, I think this ought to be a -machine option. ram-size is
> destined to become a machine option which would make -m N short hand for
> -machine ram-size=n anyway.
And hopefully whatever you decide on in 'qemu -help' won't break
existing libvirt, while we move towards newer libvirt avoiding
sensitivities to -help output.
> Otherwise, the patch is nice. I really like MADV_DONTDUMP. We've had
> similar requirements in the past and resorted to a really nasty core
> dump parser. This is much more elegant.
I'm now trying to figure out how beset to expose this functionality in
libvirt XML. Tying it to -m might imply adding to the //domain/memory
XPath element, while tying it to -machine might imply adding to
//domain/on_crash or even to /domain/devices/emulator. Thinking a bit
more, //domain/memory is a guest-visible attribute, but this new option
is not (it's really more of a tweak on what to do at the emulator level,
for when qemu crashes, with no impact to the guest itself). So I'm also
in favor of tying it to -machine rather than -m, if possible (but
libvirt will be able to adapt to whatever you settle on).
Eric Blake address@hidden +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org
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