[Libvir] Proposal for the storage API (for discussion only)

Mark McLoughlin markmc at redhat.com
Fri Oct 19 12:20:39 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2007-10-19 at 09:53 +0100, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> > Using structures in the public API is not in keeping with the rest of
> > the libvirt APIs. We should be using XML for the main metadata description
> > of volumes & pools.
> No, that doesn't make sense.  XML for an API is a hack.  It's hard to 
> use it without requiring an additional external library to parse the 
> XML.  It's slow.  It has the facade of maintaining ABI compatibility 
> (because it's "just strings"), but in fact has no guaranteed ABI at all. 
>   It sits very poorly with static typing, virtually guaranteeing runtime 
> errors that you are forced to do something about.
> See previous discussion about capabilities, also a hack:
> https://www.redhat.com/archives/libvir-list/2007-March/msg00104.html

	I've made a similar argument in the past, but this XML API is a
distinctive part of the libvrt API and IMHO it makes sense for the
storage pool API to follow the same model.

	That's e.g. why the network API went with the XML API approach too.


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