31.1. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Virtualization log file and directories

31.1. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Virtualization log file and directories

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Virtualization related log file

In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, the log file written by the xend daemon and the qemu-dm process are all kept in the following directories:


directory holding all log file generated by the xend daemon and qemu-dm process.

  • This logfile is used by xend to log any events generate by either normal system events or operator initiated events.

  • virtual machine operations such as create, shutdown, destroy etc are all logged in this logfile.

  • Usually this logfile will be the first place to look at in the event of a problem. In many cases you will be able to identify the root cause by scanning the logfile and review the entries logged just prior to the actual error message.

  • used to record error events from xend and its subsystems (such as framebuffer and Python scripts etc..)

  • used to log events from hotplug events.

  • events such as devices not coming online or network bridges not online will be logged in this file

  • this file is create by the qemu-dm process which is started for each fully-virtualized guest.

  • the PID will be replaced with the PID of the process of the related qemu-dm process

  • You can retrieve the PID for a given qemu-dm process using the ps command and in looking at the process arguments you can identify the virtual machine the qemu-dm process belongs to.

If you are troubleshooting a problem with the virt-manager application you can also review the logfile generated by it. The logfile for virt-manager will be in a subdirectory called .virt-manager in the user's home directory who's running virt-manager. For example, ~/.virt-manager/virt-manager


The logfile is overwritten every time you start virt-manager. If you are troubleshooting a problem with virt-manager make sure you save the logfile before you restart virt-manager after an error has occurred.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Virtualization related directories

There are a few other directories and files which may be of interest when troubleshooting a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Xen environment:


the standard directory for file based virtual machine images.


directory that hold the xend database which is generated every time the daemon is restarted.


holds a number of configuration files used to tailor your Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Virtualization environment to suite your local needs

  • xend-config.sxp is the main configuration for the xend daemon. It used to enable/disable specific functionality of the Xen daemon, and to configure the callouts to Xen networking.


hold dumps generate by virtual machines or when using the xm dump-core command.


has a number of entries which can be used to retrieve additional information:

  • /proc/xen/capabilities

  • /proc/xen/privcmd

  • /proc/xen/balloon

  • /proc/xen/xenbus

  • /proc/xen/xsd_port

  • /proc/xen/xsd_kva

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