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Re: [Qemu-devel] Maintainers, please tell us how to boot your machines!

From: Philippe Mathieu-Daudé
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Maintainers, please tell us how to boot your machines!
Date: Thu, 16 May 2019 22:07:12 +0200
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Hi Markus,

On 3/12/19 6:36 PM, Markus Armbruster wrote:
> Dear board code maintainers,
> This is a (rather late) follow-up to the last QEMU summit.  Minutes[*]:
>  * Deprecating unmaintained features (devices, targets, backends) in QEMU
>    QEMU has a mechanism to deprecate features but there remains a lot of
>    old unmaintained code.  Refactoring is hindered by untested legacy
>    code, so there is a desire to deprecate unmaintained features more
>    often.
>    [...]
>    We should require at least a minimal test for each board; if nobody
>    cares enough to come up with one, that board should be deprecated.
>    [...]
>    Also see the qemu-devel discussion about deprecating code:
>    https://lists.nongnu.org/archive/html/qemu-devel/2018-10/msg05828.html.
> That's a link to "Minutes of KVM Forum BoF on deprecating stuff".
> Quote:
>  * One obvious class of candidates for removal is machines we don't know
>    how to boot, or can't boot, say because we lack required firmware
>    and/or OS.
>    Of course, "can boot" should be an automated test.  As a first step
>    towards that, we should at least document how to boot each machine.
>    We're going to ask machine maintainers to do that.
> Let's get going on this.
> I gathered the machine types, mapped them to source files, which I fed
> to get_maintainer.pl.  Results are appended.  If you're cc'ed,
> MAINTAINERS fingers you for at least one machine type's source file.
> Please tell us for all of them how to to a "meaningful" boot test.
> For now, what's "meaningful" is entirely up to you.  Booting Linux
> certainly is.
> Make sure to include a complete QEMU command line.  If your QEMU command
> line requires resources beyond the QEMU source tree and what we build
> from it, please detail them, and provide download URLs as far as
> possible.
> Goals for this exercise:
> * Gather information we need to cover more machines in our automated
>   testing.
>   Related work:
>   [PATCH v4 00/19] Acceptance Tests: target architecture support
>   Message-Id: <address@hidden>
>   https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/qemu-devel/2019-03/msg03881.html
> * Maybe identify a few machines we don't know how to boot anymore.
> Thanks in advance for your help!

How do you want to proceed with all the information provided in this
thread? I think a big table in the wiki collecting the answers is ideal.
What do you think?



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