[libvirt] [PATCH 3/3] virStream: Remove callbacks on Abort/Finish

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Thu Jun 1 12:29:45 UTC 2017

On Thu, Jun 01, 2017 at 02:24:19PM +0200, Martin Kletzander wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 01, 2017 at 01:19:05PM +0100, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 01, 2017 at 02:08:34PM +0200, Martin Kletzander wrote:
> > > Users need to remove their callbacks before calling virStreamAbort()
> > > or virStreamFinish() even though that's not documented anywhere.
> > > Since it makes no sense to keep those callbacks, we can remove them
> > > when the stream is being aborted or finished.  That way it is also
> > > more intuitive for developers as that removes some confusing errors
> > > being reported.
> > 
> > This changes the semantics of a public API though, so even though
> > the suggested behavious would be useful, we mustn't do this as it
> > creates an API incompatability across versions.
> > 
> I couldn't find any case that could be broken by this change.  Do you
> have any in mind?

Someone writes an app that relies on this behaviour and it runs on a different
libvirt version it'll never unregister the callbacks. This means any freefunc
associated with the callback won't be triggered and thus opaque memory will
leak. So apps will end up having todo "if libvirt version == x then .. else.."
to deal with the semantic change of the API, or just never rely on this new
behaviour at all.

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