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Fedora Test Days
SPICE Test Day

Date 2013-05-30
Time all day

Website Features/Spice
IRC #spice, #fedora-test-day (webirc)
Mailing list

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What to test?

Today's instalment of Fedora Test Day will focus on Spice, the protocol to access remote VMs and physical linux systems.

New features

  • Xspice: spice server running inside the remote system you're connecting to
  • spice-html5: a client running inside the browser
  • file transfer: ability to copy file from client system to guest/remote system using drag and drop
  • new connection methods for virt-viewer/remote-viewer:
    • using .vv files
    • connecting to oVirt/RHEV-M VMs using ovirt:// URIs (similar to existing virt-viewer qemu:///... invocation)

Existing features

  • connection to remote VMs
    • optional SSL/TLS encryption
    • optional password or SASL authentication
  • smartcard sharing/remoting
  • clipboard sharing for text and image data, working both ways
  • client-mode mouse (with smooth transition between guest/remote system and client system and rendered instantly)
  • guest/remote system monitor layout
    • arbitrary resolution
    • multiple monitors
  • video remoting
    • detection of video stream
    • sync of audio with video
  • USB redirection
  • migration of VM to another host while VM is running and client stays connected

Who's available

The following cast of characters will be available testing, workarounds, bug fixes, and general discussion ...

  • Development
    • Xspice: Jeremy White (jwhite), Alon Levy (alevy)
    • spice-html5: Jeremy White
    • file transfer: Dunrong Huang (dunrong), Hans de Goede (hansg; just linux agent)
    • connection using ovirt:// URIs: Christophe Fergeau (teuf)
  • Quality Assurance - David Jaša (djasa),

What do I need for testing?


client means client program or client OS and environment. Preferred clients for this test day are:

  • virt-viewer or remote-viewer running on top of Fedora 19
  • spice-html5 from Fedora package opened on any of the supported browsers:

You can also use another clients:

  • virt-viewer or remote-viewer run on different OS or version
  • Gnome Boxes
  • virt-manager
  • virt-viewer for Windows. Installers are available for download at project site. Note that USB redirection won't work for you unless you build USBClerk yourself

Don't bother testing these:

  • spicy is a tool used sometimes for testing of some features. Don't expect it to work smoothly, or even work correctly
  • spicec (found in spice-client package on Fedora) is deprecated client that already didn't see any development for quite long time


host is a machine that hosts virtual machines. When client is about to show a VM display, it connects to qemu process running on the host.

  • you can reuse the host you used for Virtualization Test Day
  • if you don't have the virtualization host yet, follow virtualization test day instructions
  • alternatively, you can use any other spice-capable virtualization host
  • for testing of connecting to oVirt (or RHEV) VMs, you'll need access to a running oVirt (RHEV) setup

Remote system

A physical or virtual system running Xspice server is called a remote system from now on

Guest system

Virtualized system is frequently call guest. If you don't have any VM with guest system installed, follow virtualization test day instructions.

The guest system needs add-on software called spice agent installed to make all features fully work:

  • on Fedora, it is provided by spice-vdagent package, installed by default. It should be running from start, too (one spice-vdagentd process and two spice-vdagent processes - one for login manager and one for user session)
  • on Windows, please install Windows Guest Tools from project download page

Test Cases

Test Results

If you have problems with any of the tests, report a bug to Bugzilla using this key:

  • use spice-gtk component for issues happening on client side
  • use spice-server component for issues happening on virtualization host
  • use spice-vdagent component for guest agent issues
  • use Freedesktop bugzilla to report issues in spice components used in other distributions
  • please specify complete environment: client OS and architecture, client (virt-viewer or spice-html5) version, host OS with qemu-kvm and spice-server versions, guest OS version, guest agent version

If you are unsure about exactly how to file the report or what other information to include, just ask on IRC (#spice at and we will help you. Once you have completed the tests, add your results to the Results table below, following the example results from the first line as a template. The first column should be your name with a link to your User page in the Wiki if you have one. Please specify your environment in second column as i is in the template For each test case, use the result template to enter your result, as shown in the example result line.

User Test environment Drag and drop file transfer Sample test 2 Sample test 3 Sample test 4 References
Sample User
  • Client: F19, virt-viewer-0.5.6-1.fc19.x86_64
  • Host: F19, qemu-kvm-1.4.1-3.fc19.x86_64, spice-server-0.12.2-5.fc19.x86_64
  • Guest: F19 with Gnome 3, spice-vdagent-0.14.0-1.fc19.x86_64
Pass pass
Warning warn
Fail fail
  1. Test pass, but also encountered RHBZ #54321
  2. RHBZ #12345