Bug 586161 - Error saving/restoring VM with attached disks
Error saving/restoring VM with attached disks
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: libvirt (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Daniel Veillard
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Reported: 2010-04-26 19:50 EDT by Shi jin
Modified: 2011-01-13 17:56 EST (History)
6 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: libvirt-0.8.2-1.el5
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Last Closed: 2011-01-13 17:56:39 EST
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Tracker ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHEA-2011:0060 normal SHIPPED_LIVE libvirt bug fix and enhancement update 2011-01-12 12:22:30 EST

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Description Shi jin 2010-04-26 19:50:45 EDT
Hi there,

I have been playing with libvirt/KVM on saving the VM to a checkpoint file and restoring it from this file. It has worked very well for me on my RHEL-5.5 setup, until I added hot-plugged volumes.

If I add a volume to a running VM using "virsh attach-disk" and then call "virsh save". The checkpoint file was successfully written and VM stopped.
However, I get errors restoring it with "virsh restore":
$ virsh restore checkpoint 
error: Failed to restore domain from checkpoint
error: operation failed: failed to start VM

I did two thinngs to narrow down the problem:
1. If  I manually remove the lines of attached volume from the checkpoint file, then it restores fine.
2. If I have the additioinal volumes in the original XML template instead of hot-plugging them on the fly, the save/restore work very well.

So I think the problem is in save/restore hot-plugged volumes.

Comment 1 Jiri Denemark 2010-09-02 07:59:43 EDT
Fixed in libvirt-0.8.2-1.el5
Comment 3 min zhan 2010-10-26 04:34:31 EDT
Verified with Passed in below environment on 4 arches:


1. Run an KVM domain. In guest, load acpiphp module

# modprobe acpiphp

2. Attach a disk to the domain.

# virsh attach-disk rhel5u5 /var/lib/libvirt/images/newdisk.img vda

   --sourcetype=file --driver=qemu --subdriver=qcow2

   Disk attached successfully

In geust, the new disk is seen.

# fdisk -l

3. Save and restore the domain.

# virsh save rhel5u5 /tmp/tt.save

   Domain rhel5u5 saved to /tmp/tt.save

# virsh restore /tmp/tt.save

   Domain restored from /tmp/tt.save

# virsh list --all

   Id Name State


   16 rhel5u5 running
Comment 5 errata-xmlrpc 2011-01-13 17:56:39 EST
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on therefore solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.


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