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Bug 1063409 - Provisioning on RHEL 7 VHost creates kvm guests having no gfx just serial console
Summary: Provisioning on RHEL 7 VHost creates kvm guests having no gfx just serial con...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Satellite 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: Provisioning
Version: 560
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Stephen Herr
QA Contact: Dimitar Yordanov
Depends On:
Blocks: sat560-triage
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2014-02-10 16:15 UTC by Lukas Pramuk
Modified: 2014-06-10 13:16 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2014-06-10 13:16:12 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

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System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHBA-2014:0676 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Red Hat Network Tools bug fix update 2014-06-10 17:07:18 UTC

Description Lukas Pramuk 2014-02-10 16:15:50 UTC
Description of problem:
KVM guest provisioning on RHEL7 VHOst using Satellite WebUI creates guest having no graphics just only serial console. 

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use Satellite webUI to provision RHEL5/6 KVM guest on RHEL7 KVM host. This
   command is issued:
# rhn_check -vv
D: handle_action{'action': "<?xml version='1.0'?>\n<methodCall>\n<methodName>kickstart_guest.initiate</methodName>\n<params>\n<param>\n<value><string>[SAT]</string></value>\n</param>\n<param>\n<value><string>[VHOST]:1:kvmsystem</string></value>\n</param>\n<param>\n<value><string>qemu</string></value>\n</param>\n<param>\n<value><int>482</int></value>\n</param>\n<param>\n<value><string>kvmsystem</string></value>\n</param>\n<param>\n<value><int>512</int></value>\n</param>\n<param>\n<value><int>1</int></value>\n</param>\n<param>\n<value><int>3</int></value>\n</param>\n<param>\n<value><string>virbr0</string></value>\n</param>\n<param>\n<value><string>/var/lib/libvirt/images/kvmsystem</string></value>\n</param>\n<param>\n<value><string> </string></value>\n</param>\n</params>\n</methodCall>\n", 'version': 2, 'id': 15477}
D: handle_action actionid = 15477, version = 2
D: do_call kickstart_guest.initiate('<SAT>', '<VHOST>:1:kvmsystem', 'qemu', 482, 'kvmsystem', 512, 1, 3, 'virbr0', '/var/lib/libvirt/images/kvmsystem', ' '){'cache_only': None}
- looking for Cobbler at http://<SAT>/cobbler_api
- reading URL: http://<SAT>/cblr/svc/op/ks/system/<VHOST>:1:kvmsystem
install_tree: http://<SAT>/ty/PDDQsUo1
- ['rpm', '-q', 'virt-install']
- ['virt-install', '--version']
- ['virt-install', '--os-variant', 'list']
- adding disk: /var/lib/libvirt/images/kvmsystem of size 3 (driver type=None)
- ['virt-install', '--connect', 'qemu:///system', '--name', 'kvmsystem', '--ram', '512', '--vcpus', '1', '--autostart', '--nographics', '--virt-type', 'kvm', '--machine
Starting install...

Actual results:
VM has no gfx

Expected results:
VM has gfx and display defined

Additional info:
when koan invokes virt-install it should omit '--nographics' option.
(This options is not related to the type of install method)

Comment 1 Pavel Studeník 2014-02-10 16:37:44 UTC
If I want look at progress of installation in virt-manager (when option "--nographics" is set and I can't use graphics) I need add extra kernel's parameter "console=ttyS0" for working serial console mode.

My expected behaviour is
 * if graphics is disabled, then a serial console works correct
 * if serial console is disabled, then a graphics works correct

Comment 2 Stephen Herr 2014-03-25 17:40:27 UTC
Update: this is unrelated to RHEL 7, this is how spacewalk-koan has always worked. I'm not saying we shouldn't fix it, just that it's not new behavior.

Comment 3 Stephen Herr 2014-03-26 21:15:58 UTC
LPramuk told me I need to take another look at this so I have. There is in fact a behavior difference between RHEL 5, 6 hosts and RHEL 7 hosts.

The koan package that we provide on RHEL 5, 6 hosts fails to deal correctly with the no_gfx option (when using kvm/qemu virtualization) that spacewalk-koan has always set. So the upshot was that you would always get a vnc graphical console even though spacewalk-koan was trying to tell it not to. In RHEL 7 koan is actually correctly doing what we're telling it to do, which is undesired behavior.

Since no one has ever complained about having this graphical console, I will remove the bit from spacewalk-koan that sets the no_gfx option. This will make RHEL 7 guest provisioning work the same as it does on RHEL 6 and 5, and enable to you easily watch what is happening on the guest through virt-viewer or whatever.

Comment 4 Stephen Herr 2014-03-26 21:26:29 UTC
Committed to Spacewalk master:

Comment 8 errata-xmlrpc 2014-06-10 13:16:12 UTC
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.

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