I have a virtual machine landscape consisting of a CentOS 5.3 Dom0 with
Xen 3.1.2, some PV CentOS DomU's with PCI passthrough (same versions),
and I'm trying to implement a F10 DomU with PCI passthrough. I set
everything up for the passthrough, and the F10 guest can't see any of
the devices with lspci. If I boot a CentOS PV machine with the same PCI
passthrough configuration, the devices show up with lspci. I've seen
some posts in various places about this issue, but no solutions. How do
I implement this?
I have built a new set of kernel packages based on fedora rawhide
kernels and the xen/dom0/hackery branch of Jeremy's git repository
( http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/jeremy/xen.git;a=summary ).
This batch (kernel-2.6.29-0.114.2.6.rc6.fc11) is available via the koji
build system at
These are really for development and debugging purposes only, as I am
still having problems getting them to boot, but others have reported more
success at getting kernels based on this git repository working, so you
might be lucky.
Note to install these packages on Fedora 10 you will need to have
rpm-4.6.0-1.fc10 installed (currently in updates-testing but it should be
available in updates soon) because of the change to SHA-256 file digest
hashing in recent Fedora 11 builds.
I've used a lot of time trying to get my custom Xen pv_ops dom0 kernel working with
virt-install and/or virt-manager on Fedora 10, and now it seems I got things
If you want to play with this you need:
1) New enough pv_ops dom0 kernel (2.6.29-rc8 or newer) so it has /sys/hypervisor support included
- Compile with CONFIG_HIGHPTE=n since it seems to be broken still
2) libvirt 0.6.1 and related packages from Fedora 10 updates-testing
In addition to those I'm using Xen 3.3.1-9 packages from rawhide/F11 rebuilt for F10.
With the older Fedora 10 libvirt packages libvirtd was crashing often for me, and
I had some other issues with virt-install console window not opening but stalling etc..
Today I was able to run the following on Fedora 10 32bit PAE pv_ops dom0:
- CentOS 5.3 32bit PAE PV domU
- Fedora 10 32bit PAE PV domU
- Use virt-install to install Fedora 10 32bit PAE PV domU (using custom kickstart
to force PAE kernel installation to avoid the anaconda BUG which installs
wrong non-PAE kernel as a default).
Fedora 11 (rawhide) installation most probably works too.
I'm using LVM volumes for domU disks (tap:aio is not yet supported by pv_ops
Network seems to work after running "ifdown eth0 && ifup eth0"
on the guest.. dunno why that's needed. That's something to figure out later:)
Graphical domU console works with virt-viewer and virt-install during installation.
- virt-manager complains about default network (virbr0) being inactive and
asks if I want to start it. If I click Yes, then I get error: "libvirtError: cannot create bridge 'virbr0': File exists"
virbr0 works just fine with virt-install. So dunno what's the problem with that..
have to look into that later.
Thanks to everyone involved for helping me with this!