[libvirt] [PATCH] virsh: add aliases 'boot', 'stop', and 'restart'

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Thu Nov 8 14:24:07 UTC 2012

On Mon, Nov 05, 2012 at 12:59:16PM -0700, Eric Blake wrote:
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=873344 suggested that
> the grouping 'boot', 'shutdown', 'reboot'; as well as the grouping
> 'start', 'stop', 'restart'; might be easier to remember than the
> current mix of 'start', 'shutdown', 'reboot'.
> * tools/virsh-domain.c (domManagementCmds): Add other command names.
> * tools/virsh.pod (start, shutdown, reboot): Document the aliases.
> ---
> This patch documents both spellings.  An alternative would be to
> leave the alternate spellings as hidden aliases (virsh has support
> for that), but still mention them in virsh.pod (see how we did an
> alias for nodedev-dettach, for reference).

NACK to this patch. I think the current command names are good.
Creating duplicates will make life worse. First, it creates
divergance from the similarly named commands for networks,
storage and other objects. It also means scripts written again
the new commands will not work with existing libvirt.

I actually think that shutdown & reboot are *better* names
than restart and stop.

If we wanted to replace any existing names, then the 'create'
and 'destroy' names are the ones to replace, and for those I
would expect to use 'boot' and 'stop'. I still don't thin
we should do that either, due to creating inconsistency with
other commands.

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