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Re: [Xen-devel] Question: Redirect guest kernel's message via serial port to a file on dom0

On 25/08/2015 03:48, Meng Xu wrote:
> Hi Andrew,
> Thank you so much for your suggestion! I tried but have some questions.
> 2015-08-24 4:10 GMT-04:00 Andrew Cooper <andrew.cooper3@xxxxxxxxxx>:
>> On 24/08/2015 04:01, Meng Xu wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm trying to use a PV guest VM on Xen to help debug Linux.
>> I was using VirtualBox to help debug Linux kernel by redirecting the output 
>> of the serial port of the VM to a file in the host. I can do it in 
>> VirtualBox.
>> [Why do I want to achieve this?]
>> It is much faster to reboot a VM than rebooting the physical machine.
>> I don't need another machine to physically connect to the serial port of the 
>> development machine.
>> I want to use Xen for as many things as possible. ;-)
>> I tried to google a tutorial or manual about how to configure it, but didn't 
>> find any. :-(
>> In my understanding, I need to do the following things:
>> 1) I need to add a line (something like "serial=") in the guest's 
>> configuration file to specify the serial port device to the VM;
>> 2) I need some configuration to redirect the output of the serial device to 
>> a file in domU;
>> 3) After that, I can configure the kernel command line in the VM to dump the 
>> kernel message via the serial port of the VM. (I know how to do this step.)
>> Did anyone have tried this before and have some configuration I can refer 
>> to? or
>> Could anyone give me some references that describes how to configure the 
>> above three steps?
>> I really appreciate any help or suggestion or comment.
>> Configure xenconsoled to log guest consoles to file "--log=guest" at which 
>> point anything sent to hvc0 will be logged to files in 
>> /var/log/xen/guest/console (configurable with "--log-dir=")
> I set "XENCONSOLED_TRACE=guest" under /etc/default/xencommons ,
> because in /etc/init.d/xencommons, it has: test -z
> So I think this is what you mean by "--log=guest"; After I set this
> variable and restart the xencommons by "service xencommons restart" on
> dom0 (Ubuntu 12.04LTS), I still couldn't find the file in
> /var/log/xen/guest/console when I reboot the VM.
> Actually, "find /var -name console" returns no result.
> **My question is:**
> Is there anything else I need to configure to get the
> /var/log/xen/guest/console?
> I don't see the folder under /var/log/xen. :-(

You probably need to mkdir it then, or extend the args list with


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