Bug 451829 - qemu-kvm hangs/stalls if executed by non-root
qemu-kvm hangs/stalls if executed by non-root
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kvm (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Glauber Costa
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-06-17 13:34 EDT by Tom London
Modified: 2008-06-20 12:05 EDT (History)
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Output of "strace qemu-kvm -localtime -m 512 -std-vga raw.img" (50.62 KB, text/plain)
2008-06-17 13:34 EDT, Tom London
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Description Tom London 2008-06-17 13:34:27 EDT
Description of problem:
"qemu-kvm" stalls/hangs on startup if I execute it as non-root.

Works fine if I run as root.

I have tried this both with SELinux in enforcing and permissive mode: no joy.

I attach the output of "strace qemu-kvm -localtime -m 512 -std-vga raw.img"

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How reproducible:
Every time

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Comment 1 Tom London 2008-06-17 13:34:27 EDT
Created attachment 309642 [details]
Output of "strace qemu-kvm -localtime -m 512 -std-vga raw.img"
Comment 2 Glauber Costa 2008-06-18 09:37:15 EDT
Yesterday, I've upgraded kvm to kvm-70.
Could you please upgrade and see if this problem got fixed by any of upstream
By looking at the commit list, I very honestly don't think so. But let us try to
focus on the topmost thing here ;-)

In case the problem persists, can you provide us with some more info, like dmesg
messages, if any suspicious, and host information? 
Comment 3 Tom London 2008-06-18 09:51:15 EDT
Nope.  Fails with the same strace.  Here are the last few lines:

4096) = 52
read(6, 0x9ad3ffc, 4096)                = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily
select(7, [6], [6], NULL, NULL)         = 1 (out [6])
writev(6, [{"\20\1\4\0\7\0\0\0LOCALES\0", 16}], 1) = 16
select(7, [6], [], NULL, NULL)          = 1 (in [6])
read(6, "\1\0002\0\0\0\0\0k\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\20\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\20o\320\10\0\0\0\0",
4096) = 32
read(6, 0x9ad3ffc, 4096)                = -1 EAGAIN (Resource temporarily
select(7, [6], [6], NULL, NULL)         = 1 (out [6])
writev(6, [{"\30\1\6\0\4\0\0\4q\1\0\0k\1\0\0k\1\0\0\0\0\0\0", 24}], 1) = 24
select(7, [6], [], NULL, NULL

This worked as late as last Thursday, so I'm guessing its due to an update since

I'll try to strace qemu-kvm running as root and see if I can see anything in the

There is nothing in /var/log/messages that I can see.

Running on Thinkpad X60, latest rawhide, kernel-2.6.26-0.74.rc6.git4.fc10.i686
Comment 4 Tom London 2008-06-18 10:03:59 EDT
Mysterious..... after today's rawhide updates, and some fiddling with nscd, this
started working.

Let me probe on this for a day or so.  If it no longer fails, I'll close this BZ.

Comment 5 Glauber Costa 2008-06-18 10:58:02 EDT
So it's probably related to some other issue, on another package. Last kvm
update (excluding yesterday one), was done much earlier than last tuesday.
Comment 6 Tom London 2008-06-20 12:05:21 EDT
I can no longer reproduce this; must be ghosts ;)

Closing as NOTABUG

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