Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 466865
kvm: virtual machine reset during OS reboot
Last modified: 2009-07-09 04:29:01 EDT
Description of problem:
On kvm on x86_64, guest virtual machines reset unexpectedly during the guest OS reboot. This reset occurs during the early part of the OS boot sequence. This problem was observed with multiple guest OSes (all current RHEL (2.1, 3, 4, 5) and Fedora (8, 9) versions, other OSes were not tried), both i386 and x86_64 arch used by the guests.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot VM
2. Issue a reboot of the VM (either by logging in and running reboot, or by Ctrl-Alt-Del on the console), watch VNC console during the reboot
3. VM Bios screen -> Grub -> system starts booting
4. During the kernel initialization, or early during the init scripts run, VM resets
5. VM Bios screen -> Grub -> successful system boot
6. At next reboot, steps 3. - 5. repeat, i.e. there's one unsuccessful boot attempt, followed by successful one.
Reset does not seem to be triggered by some specific step in OS / OS kernel boot, as issue affects multiple different OS versions, and reset occurs at different time - sometime while kernel initialization is still running, sometimes parts of initscripts are run.
CPU on the system is: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X3210 @ 2.13GHz, hence using kvm-intel
Let me know what other info may help.
I have not managed to reproduce the same on:
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7500 @ 2.20GHz
Same hardware as in comment #1 when running F9 kvm demonstrates the same flaw:
Can you get the boot logs (dmesg) for both guest and host?
It'd be useful to see at which point guest reboots, and whether the host get any suspicious message.
For the host, only the first execution matters. The other are potentially bogus, since emulation failures are reported only once. If this is the case of an emulation failure (a pagetable emulation failure could easily trigger this), you'd see it only in the first run.
So should I:
- boot host
- save host dmesg
- boot guest
- save guest dmesg
- save host dmesg diffs against the first host dmesg
you should save guest dmesg before it crashes. The console is usually output in a serial line (which means a file here), so just send me this file.
You only need to save one host dmesg, after the guest crashes.
Created attachment 321917 [details]
Additional tags were added to note when system booted, guest booted, guest was rebooted.
Created attachment 321918 [details]
el5 guest dmesg - successful boot
I'll try to get dmesg from the reset during the reboot, but haven't got to it yet.
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I believe I've seen this with F10 too, though I can test now. Will try re-testing later.
So I got an opportunity to re-test on F10 and identical hw. I'm no longer seeing this problem with kernel-126.96.36.199-170.2.72.fc10.x86_64 and kvm-74-10.fc10.x86_64.