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Re: [Qemu-devel] Deprecating old machine types

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Deprecating old machine types
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:42:37 +0300

On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 06:58:36PM +0200, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 29/03/2017 18:46, Dr. David Alan Gilbert wrote:
> >> By the way, what about old machine types like "pc-0.10" ? Do we want to
> >> carry them along forever (e.g. since it is not too complicated to
> >> maintain?), or shall we get rid of those one day (e.g. with QEMU 3.0), too?
> > It seems reasonable to slowly deprecate them.
> > I'm just not sure how slowly.
> Some data:
> - dropping 0.12, 0.13 _and_ isapc would let us kill the code for
> rombar=0 (i.e. where QEMU copies ROM BARs directly to low memory).
> - the oldest versions in use are probably 0.12 (CentOS 6) and 1.0
> (Ubuntu 12.04)
> - migration from old versions is broken in various ways from at least
> QEMU 1.2 and older.
> Paolo

Live-migration, yes.

But live-migrations are a minority, most people update qemu and restart
it but do not want to reinstall their guests and that is only reliable
if you keep the old machine type.

And that seems to work reasonably well. So one way would be to
mark 0.10 and 0.11 unmigrateable, and drop rombar=0 hacks.


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