[Libvir] RFC: Behaviour of virConnectSave, Restore and CoreDump in the remote case
Richard W.M. Jones
rjones at redhat.com
Mon Apr 30 14:35:54 UTC 2007
virDomainSave (for example) is currently defined like this:
* @domain: a domain object
* @to: path for the output file
* This method will suspend a domain and save its memory contents to
* a file on disk. After the call, if successful, the domain is not
* listed as running anymore (this may be a problem).
* Use virDomainRestore() to restore a domain after saving.
* Returns 0 in case of success and -1 in case of failure.
In the remote case there are, I think, three possible things that this
call could do:
(A) Copy the image over the network connection to save it locally
This is possibly the most "authentic" option. Callers using remote can
specify a local path and the image file will appear at that path,
locally, making the remote case reasonably transparent.
However image files are usually pretty large, and copying them over a
network connection could be slow. In particular the network connection
may be over loopback -- eg. in the case where we are allowing ordinary
users to connect to a locally running libvirtd with elevated
priviledges. (It's quite hard in general to determine if remote is
really connected to a different machine, eg. think about the case where
we are using ssh tunnels).
In some ways this is the most secure option. The image or core dump is
written by the user process, so there is no way to get a daemon with
elevated privs to write over a file in /etc for example.
(B) Save it remotely
Remote isn't transparent. We save it remotely.
We could consider adding a virDomainSaveLocal API call for the case when
we really want to save it locally.
(C) Do nothing / present an error
Recognise that remote cannot deal with this at the moment, and don't
implement this call. Perhaps come back to it later in the context of
remote storage management.
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