[Bug 78541] New: QXL DRM Driver Freezes QEMU KVM Guest when Switching to Text Console

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Sat May 10 12:38:19 PDT 2014


          Priority: medium
            Bug ID: 78541
          Assignee: dri-devel at lists.freedesktop.org
           Summary: QXL DRM Driver Freezes QEMU KVM Guest when Switching
                    to Text Console
          Severity: major
    Classification: Unclassified
                OS: Linux (All)
          Reporter: reimth at gmail.com
          Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64)
            Status: NEW
           Version: DRI CVS
         Component: DRM/other
           Product: DRI

- Debian Linux with kernel 3.11-2-amd64
- QEMU emulator version 1.7.0 (Debian 1.7.0+dfsg-2)
- Spice server 0.12.4
- libvirt Virtual Machine Manager 0.9.5

- Ubuntu Saucy with kernel 3.11.0-20-generic

- Start qemu with option -global qxl-vga.revision=4, which allows drm to load
  qxl driver
  Other parameters related to graphics:
  + -device
  + -spice port=5900,addr=,disable-ticketing,seamless-migration=on
  + -chardev spicevmc,id=charchannel0,name=vdagent
  + -device
- Check with dmesg, that QXL DRM has been correctly initialised
- Send Ctrl-Alt-Fn (n = 1, 2, ...) to VM guest

Virtual machine manager will switch to console but freezes with strange
display. Guest cannot be contacted any more. Switching back to vc is not
possible. ssh connections will hang. No netconsole output. The guest must be
restarted using forced shutdown.

The problem occurs also for qemu 2.0. It does not occur, if only userspace
driver is used (omit option -global qxl-vga.revision=4). In this case lspci
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Red Hat, Inc. Device 0100 (rev 03)
and dmesg reports:
[drm] Initialized drm 1.1.0 20060810
[drm:qxl_pci_probe] *ERROR* qxl too old, doesn't support
client_monitors_config, use xf86-video.

I can provide further information, but need some guidance, what you prefer in
order to locate the root cause of the problem.

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