[cfarm-users] RISC-V emulated systems available in BETA

Pierre Muller pierre at freepascal.org
Sat Nov 21 13:21:55 CET 2020

   It is indeed great to have a new riscv64 system available.

I tried to use it to test Free Pascal on that CPU.

I tried to use strace and gdb on gcc401:

muller at gcc401:~/pas/check$ strace ~/bin/ppcrv64 -gl hello.pp
/usr/bin/strace: test_ptrace_get_syscall_info: PTRACE_TRACEME: Function not implemented
/usr/bin/strace: ptrace(PTRACE_TRACEME, ...): Function not implemented
/usr/bin/strace: PTRACE_SETOPTIONS: Function not implemented
/usr/bin/strace: detach: waitpid(117236): No child processes
/usr/bin/strace: Process 117236 detached

muller at gcc401:~/pas/check$ gdb --args  ~/bin/ppcrv64 -gl hello.pp
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Reading symbols from /home/muller/bin/ppcrv64...
(gdb) inf fun GENERATEERR
All functions matching regular expression "GENERATEERR":

File verbose.pas:
         procedure GENERATEERROR;
Breakpoint 1 at 0x603ec: file verbose.pas, line 566.
(gdb) r
Starting program: /home/muller/bin/ppcrv64 -gl hello.pp
warning: Error disabling address space randomization: Operation not permitted
warning: Could not trace the inferior process.
warning: ptrace: Function not implemented
During startup program exited with code 127.

  Is it possible to lift this limitation, or is this a kernel limitation?

Pierre Muller

Le 20/11/2020 à 21:05, Baptiste Jonglez via cfarm-users a écrit :
> Hi,
> I have just setup emulated RISC-V systems running Debian, accessible
> to all farm users over SSH.  They are not shown yet in the list of
> machines, here are the connection details (~/.ssh/config format):
> Host gcc401.fsffrance.org
>       Port 45061
> Host gcc402.fsffrance.org
>       Port 45062
> It's still in BETA, but it seems to be working nicely so far.
> All data in /home is shared with the host, gcc140.  It means you can
> edit files and prepare your work on gcc140 (it will be faster because
> there is no emulation), and then run your builds by connecting to one
> of the RISC-V containers.
> Some limitations:
> - absolutely no service is running in the containers, except sshd
> - in particular, cron is not yet supported
> - all host CPU cores are usable, so please limit the number of
>    concurrent jobs (usual rules [0] apply)
> - I plan to rebuild the images regularly, which means rebooting the
>    containers: any long-running task might be interrupted.  Data in
>    /home will of course be preserved when upgrading.
> The images are built using mmdebstrap [1] and the resulting rootfs is
> run in Docker with qemu-user-static.
> The idea is that you can reproduce this yourself if you want to run
> such emulated containers locally, everything is documented [2].  But
> it's still nice to have this as a service in the farm (easy access to
> a host with fast CPU / lots of memory, thanks to OSUOSL).
> Please let me know if you find this service useful or if you want to
> help adding another OS, or if you run into issues.  For instance, I'm
> interested to know if an emulated container is not enough for some
> use-cases.  Emulating full virtual machines is possible [3] and
> planned, but it's more challenging to integrate in the farm.
> Baptiste
> [0] https://gcc.gnu.org/wiki/CompileFarm#Usage
> [1] https://wiki.debian.org/RISC-V#Creating_a_riscv64_chroot
> [2] https://framagit.org/compile-farm/risc-v-virtual-cloud
> [3] https://wiki.debian.org/RISC-V#Setting_up_a_riscv64_virtual_machine
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