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Re: [libvirt-users] Bug? virGetLastError() returns NULL after virDomainCreate() if Domain running already

On 02/22/2012 07:06 AM, Guido Winkelmann wrote:
> Hi,
> As the subject line indicates, when I'm calling virDomainCreate() to start a 
> defined domain, and that command fails because the domain is already running at 
> that point, virGetLastError() will return NULL, instead of a proper pointer to 
> an error code.
> Libvirt will, however, print an error to the console:
> libvir: QEMU error : Requested operation is not valid: domain is already 
> running

Any return of NULL without a last error set is a bug.  I'm trying to
chase this down, and hope to have a patch soon.

> This looks like a bug to me, and I'm fairly certain that earlier version would 
> return an error code of VIR_ERR_OPERATION_INVALID at that point. Or maybe that 
> was just virDomainDestroy(), and I'm just blindly assuming that 
> virDomainCreate() will work analogously...
> Anyway, no error code is bad, because I can't tell what happened.

If the create xml matches the already running xml, we could perhaps
argue that this should return the already-running domain instead of
NULL.  But that seems like it might be more confusing, as we must not
allow a second create attempt with xml that doesn't match what is
currently running (you have to use hotplug apis to alter a running
domain xml, not re-creation).

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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