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Re: [Xen-devel] xenbus and the message of doom

On 16.12.2011 16:25, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 12:33:00PM +0100, Olaf Hering wrote:
>> On Thu, Dec 15, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
>>> On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 08:20:23PM +0100, Stefan Bader wrote:
>>>> I was investigating a bug report[1] about newer kernels (>3.1) not booting 
>>>> as
>>>> HVM guests on Amazon EC2. For some reason git bisect did give the some 
>>>> pain, but
>>>> it lead me at least close and with some crash dump data I think I figured 
>>>> the
>>>> problem.
>>> Stefan, thanks for finding this.
>>> Olaf, what are your thoughts? Should I prep a patch to revert the patch
>>> below and then we can work on 3.3 and rethink this in 3.3? The clock is
>>> ticking for 3.2 and there is not much runway to fix stuff.
>> Sometimes guest changes expose bugs in the host. Its my understanding
>> that hosts should be kept uptodate so that it can serve both old and new
>> guests well.
>> In my testing with Xen4 based hosts their xenstored did properly ignore
>> the new command.
>> I proposed several ways to get rid of existing watches, but finally we
>> came to the conclusion that a new xenstored command would be the
>> cleanest way.
>> Wether adding a timeout is a good idea has to be decided. I can imagine
>> that a busy host may take some time to respond to guest commands.
>> Perhaps we should figure out what exactly EC2 is using as host and why
>> it only breaks with upstream kernels. So far I havent received reports
> Good point. Stefan were you able to provide to Scott a kernel without the
> git commit mentioned to see if that fixed the issue?

Sorry have been off over the end of year and I try to be seriously off when I am
off. ;)
Am working my way through email now and maybe this is already obsolete as I see
some submissions which I have not read, yet. But doing that was on my list.


> CC-ing here Vincent in hopes of getting some hints..
>> for SLES11 guests. SP1 got an update recently, so their HVM guests would
>> have seen the hang as well. The not yet released SP2 sends
>> XS_RESET_WATCHES as well since quite some time.
>> Olaf

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