blktap module needed for kernel 4.16. kernel 4.16 needed for latest Ceph with bluestore backend.
Yes - it helped to get userspace blktap to work.
However, upstream kernel is completely missing the driver for blktap2. It needed to be fetch from older XS kernel and port on newer one with required modifications. Its location was drivers/block/blktap2
To make this new port usable for everyone I have following options
- Publish kernel-4.16.8-1.src.rpm (unmaintainable)
- Carve out blktap2 driver from kernel code and create a separate rpm for it (most likely)
- Try to get blktap2 in mainline kernel as additional driver (least likely)
It also needs the patched blktap userspace components which can be built directly from blktap GitHub repo. (procedure)
@olivierlambert may be you can add a "Development" category on main page where this info might be useful.
Good point. On it.
Regarding the port itself, IMHO the best solutions in order of preference (not in feasibility
blktap2in the kernel as a driver (then "nothing to do" for next kernels)
- Create a dedicated repo able to generate a RPM from its sources
- Publish a big RPM blob (fine for quick benchmarks, but not maintainable as you said
edit: what are the obstacles, in your opinion, to get to the solution n°1?
As of my understanding from a previous project - a driver can be added to mainline if it has enough use cases in kernel world. Compared to the audience of kernel,
blktap2seems drop in the ocean. Upstream already has Xen while
blktap2is XenServer/XCP-ng specific, thus I think its a hard route.
I was reading on DKMS and if this can be given out as DKMS.
Generally, XenServer/XCP-ng doesn't refuse to boot on upstream kernel. It boots well but xapi does not start due to dependency on tapdev. Tapdev is the blktap2 driver which is expected to be present. So if we could ship this as DKMS it can be installed once dom0 is up on any upstream kernel.
This would mean installing 2 packages - DKMS itself from epel and blktap2 driver.
From roadmap perspective, do you have plans to take a vanilla CentOS7 and do
yum install xcp-ng? or you envision that xcp-ng ISO won't go away at least for next year or so?
We don't have the resources (nor enough community dev) to be able to get CentOS 7 "transformed" into a XCP-ng in short term. There is a lot of patches to apply on top of CentOS various packages.
So we'll focus first on a transparent/automated/testable build of XCP-ng from XS, then with this experience/know-how, we'll explore the "from pure CentOS" option.
We need to prioritize due to our size!
Sure. Its not a need as well. I know Citrix tried it years ago but probably left for same reason.
I'll continue to work on DKMS.
Cheers. Enjoy the Sunday!
- Success in running kernel-4.16+ in dom0 with blktap2 driver + Ceph luminous version with bluestore backend.
- Could isolate blktap2 driver from kernel to a loadable kernel module in form of
- Can install any upstream kernel in dom0 but blktap2 needs to be built against same kernel else xapi won't start.
[root@client ~]# uname -a Linux client.enlight 4.16.13 #1 SMP Wed May 30 09:22:58 GMT 2018 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
[root@client ~]# rpm -ivh blktap2-4.16.8-modules-1.0-1.x86_64.rpm
error: Failed dependencies: kernel-uname-r = 4.16.8 is needed by blktap2-4.16.8-modules-1.0-1.x86_64
So essentially to make it worth - the only option is to setup a continous build system that will build latest stable kernels and host either full upstream dom0 compatible kernel or just the blktap2 module... may be both
Time to rest blktap2 and move to the actual Ceph productivity integrations.
We want to make this CI stuff, that we will be the goal of Sam, our new recruit coming in 20 days!
edit: @r1 you are obviously more than welcome aboard to help us on that!
@olivierlambert Would you want to include this in that CI? May be on an experimental branch.
I don't know yet, it's likely we'll have multiple CI, one for "stable", one for "experimental" with a lot of fun stuff inside
I'll get the patch added to GitHub for open access till then.
Is there a way to get this upstream?
I don't know yet.
I will try for centos-release-xen as its a SIG and maintains Xen specific dom0 kernel.
The CentOS packaging of Xen is very different from XenServer/XCP-ng. "Upstream" for me meant XenServer, no CentOS (at least for a bit)
@maxcuttins There are two packages. User level blktap driver that you referred
blktapand a builtin kernel driver
blktap2. Said patch is against mainline kernel as additional driver.
You still need to have user land blktap from https://github.com/xapi-project/blktap
There are instructions lying around https://xcp-ng.org/forum/topic/122/how-to-build-blktap-from-sources/ to build user land blktap (its without patch).