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Guest ABI automated testing

Summary: Automated test of Guest ABI and compatibility

QEMU tries to provide a stable guest ABI on versioned machine-types. Despite investing lots of effort keeping compatibility, we have no automated testing to detect common mistakes that break guest ABI. It should be possible to write automated test cases that will compare a virtual machine to a previously stored dump of guest ABI information.

A guest ABI dump may include, for example:

  • Data returned by CPUID instruction (or equivalent)
  • Physical memory and I/O port maps
  • Device addresses (PCI, USB, etc.)
  • Device IDs and other guest-visible device fields
  • Value of QOM properties that affect device behavior

This might require improving or adding new QMP commands to provide information to be validated by the automated test cases. Some test cases may use a custom kernel image for collecting guest-visible data, or extending the qtest protocol.



  • Skill level: intermediate
  • Language: C, Python
  • Mentor: Eduardo Habkost <> ("ehabkost" on IRC)
  • Suggested by: Eduardo Habkost