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Bug 589577 - libvirt: virsh pool-start hangs for directory pool pointing to /tmp, /dev
libvirt: virsh pool-start hangs for directory pool pointing to /tmp, /dev
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: libvirt (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Cole Robinson
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2010-05-06 09:18 EDT by Richard W.M. Jones
Modified: 2010-07-12 13:23 EDT (History)
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Description Richard W.M. Jones 2010-05-06 09:18:36 EDT
Description of problem:

I created a dir pool using the path /tmp just for some testing.  I was
able to define this pool OK, but attempts to start it result in a hang.
Nothing appears to be happening on the machine, and the hang goes
on for at least several minutes (until I killed virsh).

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How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. cat /tmp/pool.xml
<pool type="dir">

2. virsh pool-define /tmp/pool.xml
3. virsh pool-start tmp
Actual results:

virsh pool-start hangs

Expected results:

Should do something but not hang.

Additional info:

There are 6,600 files in /tmp.
Comment 1 Richard W.M. Jones 2010-05-06 09:25:01 EDT
Same thing with libvirt-0.8.1-1.fc14.x86_64, and the same also
after restarting libvirtd.
Comment 2 Richard W.M. Jones 2010-05-06 09:28:07 EDT
The cause (thanks danpb) turned out to be a FIFO in /tmp.

After removing this file and restarting libvirtd, it still fails
(but at least it doesn't hang) on:

# virsh pool-start tmp
error: Failed to start pool tmp
error: cannot open volume '/tmp/vc': No such device or address

where /tmp/vc happens to be a socket.
Comment 3 Richard W.M. Jones 2010-05-06 09:28:58 EDT
Removing the socket gives:

# virsh pool-start tmp
error: Failed to start pool tmp
error: cannot open volume '/tmp/sound-juicer.rjones.1182249894': No such device or address

This really _ought_ to work.  It should ignore special files.
Comment 4 Eric Blake 2010-05-21 14:20:46 EDT
Well, block devices are special files but should not be ignored; so we do want more than just regular files.  The only question I have is whether we have a use case for allowing character devices (such as /dev/null or /dev/zero); but I agree that directories, sockets, and pipes should never be used as a valid form of backend storage (storage devices pretty much have to be seekable to be usable).
Comment 5 Daniel Berrange 2010-05-24 05:32:50 EDT
No, in the context of a directory pool,  block devices aren't relevant. The directory pool is for managing file based & directory based storage. So we should only report on regular files and directories, ignoring everything else. We need to avoid trying to seek on directories obviously.

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