Bug 970544 - hot-plugging serial device with no chardev option exits qemu
hot-plugging serial device with no chardev option exits qemu
Status: CLOSED ERRATA
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
Classification: Red Hat
Component: qemu-kvm-rhev (Show other bugs)
7.0
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Assigned To: Gerd Hoffmann
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Reported: 2013-06-04 05:52 EDT by Paolo Bonzini
Modified: 2015-12-04 11:13 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: qemu 2.3
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Last Closed: 2015-12-04 11:13:24 EST
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Description Paolo Bonzini 2013-06-04 05:52:53 EDT
Hot-plugging a PCI serial device like this:

(qemu) device_add id=ff,driver=pci-serial

will print "Can't create serial device, empty char device" and exit.  Not sure how easy to fix it is, though some of the infrastructure is there (realize methods can return an Error object, but PCI still uses the old init method).
Comment 4 Gerd Hoffmann 2015-04-30 11:47:50 EDT
pci init switched to realize in 2.3, so we can look into fixing that one now.
Comment 5 Gerd Hoffmann 2015-05-06 06:58:05 EDT
Looked at the code, seems the conversion to realize already fixed that one.
Comment 6 Qunfang Zhang 2015-06-23 03:11:52 EDT
Hi, Gerd

I tested this bug on old version qemu-kvm-rhev-2.1.2-23.el7_1.3.x86_64, got the following prompts:

(qemu)  device_add id=ff,driver=pci-serial
Can't create serial device, empty char device
Device initialization failed.
Device 'pci-serial' could not be initialized


And also tested on latest qemu-kvm-rhev-2.3.0-4.el7:

(qemu) device_add id=ff,driver=pci-serial
Can't create serial device, empty char device
Device 'pci-serial' could not be initialized

Gerd, is this the expected behaviour after fix? The qemu does not exit any more. But seems I did not reproduce it on old qemu-2.1.
Comment 7 Gerd Hoffmann 2015-06-23 03:25:51 EDT
Original report was for qemu-kvm, so you need 1.5.3 to reproduce I think.
Comment 8 Qunfang Zhang 2015-06-23 04:46:59 EDT
Yes, tested on the qemu-kvm-1.5.3-86.el7_1.1.x86_64, hot-plug a serial device with no chardev option, the qemu exits. 

(qemu) device_add id=ff,driver=pci-serial
Can't create serial device, empty char device
/etc/qemu-ifdown: could not launch network script
[root@localhost home]# 

So, according to comment 6 and comment 7, this bug is fixed in the latest qemu-kvm version.
Comment 12 errata-xmlrpc 2015-12-04 11:13:24 EST
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.

For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.

If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.

https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHBA-2015-2546.html

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