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From 939d57ef4d5bcfa31e9b98104822962b89572481 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: "Richard W.M. Jones" <>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2020 14:40:01 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] v2v: -o libvirt: Remove cache=none (RHBZ#1837453).
Traditionally if you did live migration (KVM to KVM), you had to
ensure that cache=none was set on all disks of the guest up front.
This was because of quirks in how NFS works (I think the close-to-open
consistency and the fact that during live migration both qemus have
the file open), and we had to assume the worst case that a guest might
be backed by NFS.
Because of this when virt-v2v converts a guest to run on KVM using
libvirt it sets cache=none.
This is not necessary with modern qemu. If qemu supports the
drop-cache property of the file block driver, which libvirt will
automatically detect for us, then libvirt live migration is able to
tell qemu to drop cached data at the right time even if the backing is
It also had a significant performance impact. In some synthetic
benchmarks it could show 2 or 3 times slower performance.
Thanks: Ming Xie, Peter Krempa.
(cherry picked from commit 9720f45e0cd9283739fd2a67c19e66912489dfc7)
docs/virt-v2v-output-local.pod | 2 +-
tests/test-v2v-cdrom.expected | 2 +-
tests/test-v2v-floppy.expected | 2 +-
tests/test-v2v-i-ova.xml | 2 +-
v2v/ | 1 -
5 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
diff --git a/docs/virt-v2v-output-local.pod b/docs/virt-v2v-output-local.pod
index 38df007d..a5f155cb 100644
--- a/docs/virt-v2v-output-local.pod
+++ b/docs/virt-v2v-output-local.pod
@@ -127,7 +127,7 @@ Edit F</var/tmp/NAME.xml> to change F</var/tmp/NAME-sda> to the pool
name. In other words, locate the following bit of XML:
<disk type='file' device='disk'>
- <driver name='qemu' type='raw' cache='none' />
+ <driver name='qemu' type='raw' />
<source file='/var/tmp/NAME-sda' />
<target dev='hda' bus='ide' />
diff --git a/tests/test-v2v-cdrom.expected b/tests/test-v2v-cdrom.expected
index e18ea6f2..34d2bf59 100644
--- a/tests/test-v2v-cdrom.expected
+++ b/tests/test-v2v-cdrom.expected
@@ -1,5 +1,5 @@
<disk type='file' device='disk'>
- <driver name='qemu' type='raw' cache='none'/>
+ <driver name='qemu' type='raw'/>
<target dev='vda' bus='virtio'/>
<disk device='cdrom' type='file'>
diff --git a/tests/test-v2v-floppy.expected b/tests/test-v2v-floppy.expected
index dd74ed94..a718c21f 100644
--- a/tests/test-v2v-floppy.expected
+++ b/tests/test-v2v-floppy.expected
@@ -1,5 +1,5 @@
<disk type='file' device='disk'>
- <driver name='qemu' type='raw' cache='none'/>
+ <driver name='qemu' type='raw'/>
<target dev='vda' bus='virtio'/>
<disk device='floppy' type='file'>
diff --git a/tests/test-v2v-i-ova.xml b/tests/test-v2v-i-ova.xml
index 7c198283..e26f4f83 100644
--- a/tests/test-v2v-i-ova.xml
+++ b/tests/test-v2v-i-ova.xml
@@ -22,7 +22,7 @@
<disk type='file' device='disk'>
- <driver name='qemu' type='raw' cache='none'/>
+ <driver name='qemu' type='raw'/>
<source file='TestOva-sda'/>
<target dev='vda' bus='virtio'/>
diff --git a/v2v/ b/v2v/
index 05553c4f..5a1fba0f 100644
--- a/v2v/
+++ b/v2v/
@@ -336,7 +336,6 @@ let create_libvirt_xml ?pool source targets target_buses guestcaps
e "driver" [
"name", "qemu";
"type", t.target_format;
- "cache", "none"
] [];
(match pool with
| None ->