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Enhancement Advisory virt-viewer bug fix and enhancement update

Advisory: RHEA-2011:1614-2
Type: Product Enhancement Advisory
Severity: N/A
Issued on: 2011-12-06
Last updated on: 2011-12-06
Affected Products: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 6)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux HPC Node (v. 6)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (v. 6)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation (v. 6)

Details

An updated virt-viewer package that fixes several bugs and adds one enhancement
is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

Virtual Machine Viewer (virt-viewer) is a lightweight interface for interacting
with the graphical display of a virtualized quest. It uses libvirt and is
intended as a replacement for traditional VNC clients.

The virt-viewer package has been upgraded to upstream version 0.4.1, which
provides support for The Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments
(SPICE) multihead setups. (BZ#680213)

This update also fixes the following bugs:

* Running the virt-viewer utility with the "--verbose" or "-v" option did not
display verbose information. With this update, additional data has been provided
so that the command outputs detailed information. (BZ#680331)

* Previously, the virt-viewer utility failed to connect to remote displays when
using SSH tunneling with the SSH server on a non-standard port number. An
upstream patch has been applied to address this issue and virt-viewer now
correctly displays remote quests. (BZ#730346)

* Previously, running the "virt-viewer --zoom" command with a zoom level
specified did not work correctly. This update fixes the initial zoom level on a
display, and the primary window zoom level is now propagated to secondary
windows. As a result, the zoom option works as expected. (BZ#730901)

* Using a wildcard address (for example, 0.0.0.0) as a listen address for the
graphic server could cause virt-viewer to fail to connect to remote virtual
machines. If the user used the "virt-viewer --direct --connect" command with a
remote IP address to connect a virtual machine, virt-viewer connected to the
graphic server but was not able to connect to the virtual machine. The hostname
is now used from the libvirt URI and virt-viewer can open remote virtual
machines successfully. (BZ#730911)

* Due to an invalid implementation of the libvirt events API, the virt-viewer
utility occasionally resulted in a deadlock. To avoid deadlock situations, ff
callbacks are now invoked from a clean stack instead of being called directly
from the remote callback. (BZ#731132)

* Previously, the window titles for virt-viewer instances did not contain the
name of the displayed guest, nor did they contain the number of guest displays
(for multihead setups). The source code has been modified so that the titles now
contain both the name of the guest and the number of displays. (BZ#739007)

* Guests are normally configured with their VNC (Virtual Network Computing)
server on a TCP socket, but can be also configured to use a UNIX domain socket
instead. Prior to this update, virt-viewer was unable to connect to such a guest
and terminated unexpectedly with a segmentation fault when attempting to open
it. A patch has been applied to address the issue and the virt-viewer utility
now opens guests successfully and no longer crashes. (BZ#740724)

* Due to certain broken key combinations, sending the Ctrl+Alt+F9 and
Ctrl+Alt+F10 key combinations incorrectly opened the tty4 and tty5 text consoles
in virt-viewer. This update fixes the broken key combinations and the text
console no longer opens when sending the aforementioned key combinations.
(BZ#744370)

* Previously, the window title was missing the guestname when waiting for a
domain to start. To fix this problem, the initial window title is set to the
"--wait" command line argument while waiting for a virtual machine to start.
When the machine actually appears, the title is updated to the real name of the
machine. (BZ#744374)

* With the SPICE (Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments)
graphics, the virt-viewer windows did not display the "Press Ctrl+Alt to release
pointer" information. With this update, VirtViewerDisplaySpice is connected to
the grab signals in DisplaySpice, which ensures that the release sequence
message is now displayed. (BZ#744377)

Users are advised to upgrade to this updated virt-viewer package, which fixes
these bugs and adds this enhancement.


Solution

Before applying this update, make sure all previously-released errata relevant
to your system have been applied.

This update is available via the Red Hat Network. Details on how to use the Red
Hat Network to apply this update are available at
https://access.redhat.com/kb/docs/DOC-11259

Updated packages

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 6)

SRPMS:
virt-viewer-0.4.1-7.el6.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: d3f367dbb4a8fdae5c220e35c6d78850
SHA-256: 8cdcbb8041940fc6cd42ec9983acdc3315021dd46e98019a6550d87f01d7ff11
 
IA-32:
virt-viewer-0.4.1-7.el6.i686.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 9c2656b8e5c3677e0d5e8b0a0b304409
SHA-256: f0997a6375b99999343adf8d1916eb9cd2af4e3b016776b86eb99a419778d60d
virt-viewer-debuginfo-0.4.1-7.el6.i686.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 516d0c3879fe485882ea7ddf6a43ad3f
SHA-256: 3593abe6c206df3f49a6d7da47bdb518f5fcc5787ec6db73d5fc74b72d3560fb
 
x86_64:
virt-viewer-0.4.1-7.el6.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 15d2fbb9b83389e7c719b045eaafd5b3
SHA-256: cd263d7a96a72e9ed44330cff507d6db092f5a70568643d404f3b88e72954105
virt-viewer-debuginfo-0.4.1-7.el6.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 9026ec64a2db62e85d65d0a3e6fd153d
SHA-256: 70848ef29830dc7fbe3445bb03c51d3f76047016b877d821344b34a13f90b164
 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux HPC Node (v. 6)

SRPMS:
virt-viewer-0.4.1-7.el6.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: d3f367dbb4a8fdae5c220e35c6d78850
SHA-256: 8cdcbb8041940fc6cd42ec9983acdc3315021dd46e98019a6550d87f01d7ff11
 
x86_64:
virt-viewer-0.4.1-7.el6.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 15d2fbb9b83389e7c719b045eaafd5b3
SHA-256: cd263d7a96a72e9ed44330cff507d6db092f5a70568643d404f3b88e72954105
virt-viewer-debuginfo-0.4.1-7.el6.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 9026ec64a2db62e85d65d0a3e6fd153d
SHA-256: 70848ef29830dc7fbe3445bb03c51d3f76047016b877d821344b34a13f90b164
 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (v. 6)

SRPMS:
virt-viewer-0.4.1-7.el6.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: d3f367dbb4a8fdae5c220e35c6d78850
SHA-256: 8cdcbb8041940fc6cd42ec9983acdc3315021dd46e98019a6550d87f01d7ff11
 
IA-32:
virt-viewer-0.4.1-7.el6.i686.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 9c2656b8e5c3677e0d5e8b0a0b304409
SHA-256: f0997a6375b99999343adf8d1916eb9cd2af4e3b016776b86eb99a419778d60d
virt-viewer-debuginfo-0.4.1-7.el6.i686.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 516d0c3879fe485882ea7ddf6a43ad3f
SHA-256: 3593abe6c206df3f49a6d7da47bdb518f5fcc5787ec6db73d5fc74b72d3560fb
 
PPC:
virt-viewer-0.4.1-7.el6.ppc64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 2a63cb54d40917515948035afd776141
SHA-256: 5aaaf06fec28a7185d2a198cb2d29c94360b28848078e761568f1b0d23dad44d
virt-viewer-debuginfo-0.4.1-7.el6.ppc64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 0902a556409c267a2356f887f7c085e4
SHA-256: 0d871516b60d709b29eef7804e64192a77e838f11b761f97faa51789e7be2b37
 
s390x:
virt-viewer-0.4.1-7.el6.s390x.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: ea3f940fde39d9387ec22869cae82b06
SHA-256: 6474d3f91e8854364143b9c14582696f1be225138a017cd0422a285487d443da
virt-viewer-debuginfo-0.4.1-7.el6.s390x.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 59535c175b004385d76e862248c75c16
SHA-256: c12c4c2ea746f67ad981de89a549bb3c60470e1913557ed398299fbddf014d5b
 
x86_64:
virt-viewer-0.4.1-7.el6.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 15d2fbb9b83389e7c719b045eaafd5b3
SHA-256: cd263d7a96a72e9ed44330cff507d6db092f5a70568643d404f3b88e72954105
virt-viewer-debuginfo-0.4.1-7.el6.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 9026ec64a2db62e85d65d0a3e6fd153d
SHA-256: 70848ef29830dc7fbe3445bb03c51d3f76047016b877d821344b34a13f90b164
 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation (v. 6)

SRPMS:
virt-viewer-0.4.1-7.el6.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: d3f367dbb4a8fdae5c220e35c6d78850
SHA-256: 8cdcbb8041940fc6cd42ec9983acdc3315021dd46e98019a6550d87f01d7ff11
 
IA-32:
virt-viewer-0.4.1-7.el6.i686.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 9c2656b8e5c3677e0d5e8b0a0b304409
SHA-256: f0997a6375b99999343adf8d1916eb9cd2af4e3b016776b86eb99a419778d60d
virt-viewer-debuginfo-0.4.1-7.el6.i686.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 516d0c3879fe485882ea7ddf6a43ad3f
SHA-256: 3593abe6c206df3f49a6d7da47bdb518f5fcc5787ec6db73d5fc74b72d3560fb
 
x86_64:
virt-viewer-0.4.1-7.el6.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 15d2fbb9b83389e7c719b045eaafd5b3
SHA-256: cd263d7a96a72e9ed44330cff507d6db092f5a70568643d404f3b88e72954105
virt-viewer-debuginfo-0.4.1-7.el6.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2013:1578
    MD5: 9026ec64a2db62e85d65d0a3e6fd153d
SHA-256: 70848ef29830dc7fbe3445bb03c51d3f76047016b877d821344b34a13f90b164
 
(The unlinked packages above are only available from the Red Hat Network)

Bugs fixed (see bugzilla for more information)

680213 - RFE: Rebase to 0.3.1 release to obtain SPICE support
680331 - virt-viewer --verbose doesn't display verbose information
730346 - Unable to connect to a display using ssh tunnelling
730901 - "virt-viewer --zoom" does not take effect.
730911 - 'virt-viewer --direct --connect' fails to connect remote vms.
731132 - Possible deadlock when disconnecting from libvirt
734769 - virt-viewer will reference a NULL pointer if URI parsing fails
739007 - Window title is missing the name of the guest
740724 - [Virt-viewer] virt-viewer could not open guest with unix sockets



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