[libvirt] [Qemu-devel] live snapshot wiki updated

Jes Sorensen Jes.Sorensen at redhat.com
Thu Jul 21 08:09:04 UTC 2011

On 07/20/11 11:38, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 10:26:49AM +0200, Jes Sorensen wrote:
>> On 07/19/11 18:47, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
>>> On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 04:30:19PM +0200, Jes Sorensen wrote:
>>>> On 07/19/11 16:24, Eric Blake wrote:
>>>>> Besides, I feel that having a well-documented file format, so that
>>>>> independent applications can both parse the same file with the same
>>>>> semantics by obeying the file format specification, is a good design goal.
>>>> We all know that documentation is rarely uptodate, new features may not
>>>> get added and libvirt will never be able to keep up. The driver for a
>>>> file format belongs in QEMU and nowhere else.
>>> This would be possible if QEMU to provide a libblockformat.so library
>>> which allowed apps to extract metadata from file formats using a stable
>>> API.
>> There is no reason for libvirt or any external process to mess about
>> with the internals of image files. You have the same problem if the
>> image file is encrypted.
> Just repeating "libvirt doesn't need todo this" many times doesn't make
> it true. I have described why we need to read the disk image to determine
> its backing files ahead of QEMU being launched quite clearly.

I have pointed out repeatedly why you do not need to do this. It is
horrendous that libvirt didn't seek a proper solution to this problem
before going on and implementing this current mess.


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