[libvirt] [PATCH] Add virConnectGetLibvirtVersion API

Cole Robinson crobinso at redhat.com
Thu Nov 12 15:59:06 UTC 2009

On 11/02/2009 03:52 PM, Cole Robinson wrote:
> Hi all,
> The attached patch adds a new API call for retrieving the libvirt
> version used by a connection: virConnectGetLibvirtVersion. Without this,
> there is currently no way to determine the libvirt version of a remote
> qemu connection for example. This info can be useful for feature
> detection/enabling/disabling.
> As an example, virt-install may want to use the AC97 sound device as
> the default sound model for new VMs. However, this was only added to
> libvirt's white list in 0.6.0, while the other models have been
> available since 0.4.3. If installing a remote guest, virt-install will
> want to ensure that the remote libvirtd is >= 0.6.0. Granted, the remote
> version could have backported the AC97 patch and virt-install would be
> incorrect, but better to be overly restrictive than to blindly specify
> AC97 and have guest creation bomb out.
> The 'correct' way to handle the above issue would be some combination of
> dropping internal whitelists from libvirt and generating them from info
> reported by the hypervisor, and advertising the available values in the
> capabilities XML. However I think this API addition makes things more
> manageable with little downside until a proper solution is implemented.
> Thanks,
> Cole

I've just pushed this with the recommended tweaks.


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