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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH] virsh: Implement command to rename domain

On 01.09.2014 10:31, Philipp Hahn wrote:
Hello Tomas,

On 01.09.2014 01:51, Tomas Meszaros wrote:
I've recently worked with rather large number of virtual machines
and needed to rename all domains. I couldn't find better way how
to rename domain other than:

     virsh dumpxml domain > domain.xml
     (change domain name in domain.xml)
     virsh undefine domain
     virsh define domain.xml

1: ^^^

This is rather pain to do every time I want to rename domain.
I think there should be simple way to change domain name.

This has been requested in the past already (even by me ;-)
Renaming is not that simple, as there are several more things to do:
1. Rename log files (this was somehow controversial last time it was
discussed, especially combined with external programs like logrotate)

I don't find this troublesome. I mean, it's desired for a domain A to have logs in A.log, and for domain B in B.log. Doesn't matter if A was renamed to B. If that's the case I'd expect something like the following to be the last line in A.log:

  Domain A was renamed to B.

This is what will happen after [1] anyway (without the nice message in A.log).

2. Fix domain config for suspended VMs.
3. Keep existing snapshots
3.1 Fix domain config in snapshots.

These two can be a reason to refuse renaming until the time we have appropriate design.

Especially the last thing does very bad things if you revert a renamed
VM, as the UUID is then no longer unique.

Having said that, I think we need an libvirt API instead of pure virsh implementation. It'll be usable for layered products then too.


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