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Re: [Libguestfs] external call to v2v (vdsm integration)

On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 02:16:32PM +0300, Shahar Havivi wrote:
> Hi,
> I have several question regarding error handling when we call v2v from vdsm:
> 1. do you have return code values table?

The program will either exit with status 0 (success) or non-zero
(failure).  It will print an error messsage to stderr before it exits.

Note that 'virt-v2v -o vdsm' mode assumes that VDSM is going to create
Data Storage Domain directories before it runs, and clean them up on
failure!  I hope this was clear when RHBZ#1140156 was done.

> 2. how can vdsm determine if operations success/fail assuming vdsm crushed or
>    the service restarted.

One way to deal with this is to have a small wrapper that handles
virt-v2v, and receives commands from vdsm over a socket.  If you
assume that the wrapper is small, mostly bug free and so cannot crash,
then VDSM can reconnect to the wrapper in the event that it crashes or
is restarted.  Socket commands would be similar to: "Is virt-v2v
running?"  "Send me the latest output"  "Send me the exit code" etc.

A simpler way is to send a signal (eg. SIGTERM) to virt-v2v when vdsm
goes down (assuming that you have somewhere that handles vdsm
crashes).  Virt-v2v should stop the conversion and exit fairly quickly
after receiving a signal (maybe not instantly).  If it doesn't then
that's a virt-v2v bug.

If you just run virt-v2v with neither of these options, then there is
the chance that virt-v2v will still be running -- unknown to you --
when VDSM starts up again.  This is probably not what you want.

> 3. what is the best strategy to cancel blocked I/O calls?

Not sure what this question means.  Can you give an example of how a
blocked I/O call would affect things?


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