[libvirt] [PATCH 25/27] fdstream: Suppress use of IO helper for sparse streams

Michal Privoznik mprivozn at redhat.com
Mon May 9 14:43:49 UTC 2016

On 05.05.2016 18:12, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> On Thu, May 05, 2016 at 09:51:22AM -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
>> On 05/05/2016 09:32 AM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
>>> On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 12:05:12PM +0200, Michal Privoznik wrote:
>>>> This is kind of a hacky approach to the following problem, but so
>>>> far I am unable to come up with anything better. On some
>>>> occasions (esp. when dealing with regular files) libvirt_iohelper
>>>> is spawned to prefetch data for us. We will then have a pipe then
>>>> for reading the data from it. This does not fit in our sparse
>>>> stream implementation as one simply doesn't lseek() over a pipe.
>>>> Until this is resolved, let's suppress use of the IO helper and
>>>> read data from FD directly.
>>> This doesn't really fly - the problem is that with regular files,
>>> poll() on the FD will always return ready, even if the read or
>>> write will block in I/O. So by nomt using the iohelper this is
>>> going to cause our main loop to block on I/O for streams.
>> The only real solution is to teach libvirt_iohelper to do structured
>> reads when requested.  That is, you'll have to add a command-line flag
>> to libvirt_iohelper, which if present, says all of the output from
>> libvirt_iohelper will be structured as tuples of either
>> <type=data,length,bytes> or of <type=hole,length>.  When used in this
>> mode, the client HAS to parse the tuples, rather than assuming that the
>> pipe can be read literally.  So that means we also have to teach the
>> consumer of libvirt_iohelper how to read tuples off the pipe, at which
>> point it then knows whether to send a regular VIR_NET_STREAM or the
> Yeah, that doesn't sound too bad - its rather similar to the HTTP
> chunked encoding idea. It isn't much extra overhead to have a
> type + len field in the byte stream, as long as we put a sensible
> min size on the holes we transmit. eg don't send a hole that's
> less than 512 bytes in len.

That wouldn't be even possible on filesystem level. The smallest hole
there can be is block size.


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