qemu-sanity-check man page
qemu-sanity-check — run a simple sanity check on qemu and the Linux kernel
qemu-sanity-check is a short shell script that test-boots a Linux kernel under qemu, making sure it boots up to userspace. The idea is to test the Linux kernel and/or qemu to make sure they are working.
You can use the command on its own:
In this case, the script will look for a suitable qemu binary on the
$PATH and the latest Linux kernel in
/boot and try to boot that kernel on that qemu.
You can also specify a qemu binary or a Linux kernel (either or both options can be omitted):
qemu-sanity-check --qemu=/path/to/qemu --kernel=/path/to/vmlinuz
qemu-kvm) can be used in place of qemu.
No kernel modules or special drivers are required except as noted below. The test uses an initramfs containing a static binary, so the kernel is not required to locate block devices, use virtio, mount filesystems, etc.
The kernel must support only the following, compiled in (not as modules):
- A serial port (usually:
- Initrd/initramfs (
Display short help message and exit.
This sets the
-machine accel=...parameter which is passed to qemu.
If not set, then
kvm:tcgis the default, which means to try to use KVM (hardware-assisted virtualization), and fall back to software emulation if KVM is not possible.
Other typical values of this parameter are:
tcg, which means to force software emulation.
kvm, which means to force KVM and fail if KVM is unavailable.
- -i INITRD
Use the initramfs image named
INITRDinstead of the default.
- -k VMLINUZ
Use the kernel image
VMLINUZinstead of searching for the latest kernel installed in
- -q QEMU
Use the qemu (or KVM) binary
QEMUinstead of searching
$PATHfor a suitable binary.
- -t TIMEOUT
Specify a timeout instead of the default which is
The syntax for the
TIMEOUTis described in full in the man page for timeout(1).
Display version and exit.
The exit status is 0 if the Linux kernel booted as far as userspace under qemu; or if the --help or --version options were used.
The exit status is 1 if the kernel boot failed under qemu.
The exit status is 2 if the script itself failed (eg. incorrect command line options were used, a suitable kernel could not be found).
The default location for the small initramfs image that is used to test that userspace has been reached.
Richard W.M. Jones <email@example.com>
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