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Re: [libvirt] virConnectOpenReadOnly?

On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 03:45:06PM +0900, Jun Koi wrote:
> According to the comment of virConnectOpenReadOnly, this function has
> some restrictions on available methods to control domains. Could you
> be more specific? What kind of restrictions we are having (compare to
> virConnectOpen())?
> And when should we use virConnectOpenReadOnly() instead of virConnectOpen() ?

I don't think the list of restrictions is explicit anywhere, although
the idea of virConnectOpenReadOnly is to allow merely "safe" status/
monitoring-type operations, and not any operations which could change
the state of the system.  Virt-top, for example, opens all connections
in read-only mode.

In ocaml-libvirt we actually enforce the restriction at compile time.
So at some point a very long time ago I went through the calls in
libvirt to see which ones are restricted.  If you look at:


then any calls which have the phantom type[1] of "[>`W] t" require
write access.


[1] http://camltastic.blogspot.com/2008/05/phantom-types.html

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