QEMU hypervisor type returned when libvirt_type = kvm

Bug #1195361 reported by Richard Theis on 2013-06-27
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
OpenStack Compute (nova)
Robb Romans

Bug Description

As the following output indicates, the QEMU hypervisor type is used even when libvirt_type = kvm in nova.conf.

# grep libvirt_type /etc/nova/nova.conf
libvirt_type = kvm
# nova hypervisor-show 1 | grep hypervisor_type
| hypervisor_type | QEMU

It appears that the OpenStack libvirt driver uses the libvirt connection type to determine the hypervisor type instead of the libvirt_type configuration option. Should libvirt_type be used to determine KVM vs QEMU hypervisor type or is there another configuration for this? From a user perspective, getting the QEMU versus KVM hypervisor type correct is important when setting the hypervisor_type property on an image.

tags: added: libvirt
Changed in nova:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
Rongze Zhu (zrzhit) on 2013-07-05
Changed in nova:
assignee: nobody → Rongze Zhu (zrzhit)
David Peraza (dperaza) wrote :

libvirt does not differentiate between qemu and kvm when calling connection.getType(), which is the value returned in hypervisor-show, I think it is just parsing qemu out of the connection string libvirt.open("qemu:///system")

Would it be simpler to just return libvirt_type as the hypervisor_type in hypervisor-show? I wonder if this has repercussions for images out there using qemu to mean kvm in hypervisor_type filter.

Lawrance (jing) on 2013-07-20
Changed in nova:
assignee: Rongze Zhu (zrzhit) → Lawrance (jing)
assignee: Lawrance (jing) → nobody
assignee: nobody → Lawrance (jing)
assignee: Lawrance (jing) → nobody
Lawrance (jing) wrote :

sorry for the mistake of assignee:)

Lawrance (jing) on 2013-08-08
Changed in nova:
assignee: nobody → Lawrance (jing)
status: Triaged → In Progress
Lawrance (jing) on 2013-08-20
Changed in nova:
assignee: Lawrance (jing) → nobody
Richard Theis (rtheis) wrote :

If no code change will be made for this issue then the OpenStack Compute Administrator Manual should be updated to remove 'kvm' as a valid value for the image hypervisor_type property. And maybe document that 'qemu' is used for both QEMU and KVM hypervisor setups.

Lawrance (jing) on 2013-08-25
Changed in nova:
status: In Progress → Confirmed
Lawrance (jing) wrote :

agree with Richard.

Łukasz Jernaś (deejay1) wrote :

Shouldn't this bug be reassigned to openstack-manuals then?

Richard Theis (rtheis) on 2013-10-17
affects: nova → openstack-manuals
Robert Collins (lifeless) wrote :

This seems very much like a bug, as though qemu and kvm share a common interface, their capabilities are very very different.

Stephen Gordon (sgordon) wrote :

Moving back to nova for reassessment based on Robert's comment.

affects: openstack-manuals → nova
Changed in nova:
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Sean Dague (sdague) wrote :

Honestly, it's really a docs bug.

Changed in nova:
status: Incomplete → Won't Fix
Andreas Jaeger (jaegerandi) wrote :

Has any of you have references to pages that list this wrongly?

Andreas Jaeger (jaegerandi) wrote :
Changed in openstack-manuals:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → High
Robb Romans (rromans) on 2014-09-17
Changed in openstack-manuals:
assignee: nobody → Robb Romans (rromans)

Fix proposed to branch: master
Review: https://review.openstack.org/122218

Changed in openstack-manuals:
status: Confirmed → In Progress

Reviewed: https://review.openstack.org/122218
Committed: https://git.openstack.org/cgit/openstack/openstack-manuals/commit/?id=59a201bdf276d751f41066373db125bd46f3c400
Submitter: Jenkins
Branch: master

commit 59a201bdf276d751f41066373db125bd46f3c400
Author: Robb Romans <email address hidden>
Date: Wed Sep 17 13:31:07 2014 -0500

    Remove kvm as a hypervisor_type argument

    QEMU is used whether specifying either qemu or kvm as an argument to
    hypervisor_type. Therefore, remove kvm as a supported argument.

    Change-Id: I89f2b907fa868e50c2b65c2bf4a8e414242dd9fc
    Closes-bug: #1195361

Changed in openstack-manuals:
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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