Bug 294191 - Causes read errors on CD/DVD drive
Summary: Causes read errors on CD/DVD drive
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Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kvm   
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Version: 7
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Glauber Costa
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2007-09-18 00:51 UTC by Russell Robinson
Modified: 2008-06-17 02:25 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-06-17 02:25:38 UTC
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Description Russell Robinson 2007-09-18 00:51:32 UTC
Description of problem:
I believe KVM or QEMU fails to correctly arbitrate access to the host's CD/DVD
drive, and can cause read errors on the drive.

I found that if I read from DVD drive on the host that is also assigned as a
device for a Windows XP guest, that I can get read errors (corrupted data).

The errors are very reproducible.  I was suspecting a hardware fault.

However, I decided to stop libvirtd and try reading the drive again. No errors!

So, whereas this isn't definitive proof of a problem in KVM, that is certainly
where the evidence is pointing.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
kvm.i386                                 24-1

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Generate a checksum for a large file (typically 1GB+) on a DVD.
2. Load the DVD into a drive that's also allocated to a guest Windows XP
(possibly other OSes too).
3. On the host, generate the checksum again.
4. You will get a read error.
5. Switch off the host and shutdown libvirtd.
6. Generate the checksum - no error.
Actual results:
Read errors/data corruption.

Expected results:
kvm should correctly arbitrate access to the DVD media so that host and guest
can access the data correctly or not at all.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Russell Robinson 2007-09-18 02:56:46 UTC
Further tests provided mixed results.

It's not as reproducible as it first appeared.

Also, it might be related to burning a DVD on the host.

DVD drive 1 (internal): burn DVD
DVD drive 1 (internal): read errors reading the DVD
DVD drive 2 (external): no read errors reading the DVD

I've had several DVD burns appear to be corrupted until I switched off the
CD/DVD drive in the guest.

After switching off the CD/DVD drive in the guest, the DVD reads became reliable.

They remained reliable even after switching the CD/DVD drive back on in the guest.

I'm pretty confused by this evidence, but it does seem to be related to KVM or QEMU.

Comment 2 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 14:23:47 UTC
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Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2008-06-17 02:25:36 UTC
Fedora 7 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on June 13, 2008. 
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