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Fail to do blockcopy to network dest xml with --reuse-external



Hello, libvirt developers,
Recently I find an issue of libvirt blockcopy:
Versions:
libvirt-7.4.0
qemu-kvm-6.0.0

Steps:
1. Create a nbd server
# qemu-img create -f qcow2 /var/lib/libvirt/images/fedora-1.qcow2 10G -o preallocation=full

# qemu-nbd -e 10 /var/lib/libvirt/images/fedora-1.qcow2 -p 10001

2. Prepare a running VM
# virsh list
 Id   Name     State
------------------------
 3    fedora   running

# virsh dumpxml 3|xmllint --xpath //disk -
<disk type="file" device="disk">
      <driver name="qemu" type="qcow2"/>
      <source file="/var/lib/libvirt/images/fedora.qcow2" index="1"/>
      <backingStore/>
      <target dev="hda" bus="ide"/>
      <alias name="ide0-0-0"/>
      <address type="drive" controller="0" bus="0" target="0" unit="0"/>
    </disk>

3. Blockcopy to a nbd dest xml with --reuse-external
# cat /tmp/copy.xml
    <disk type='network' device='disk'>
      <driver name='qemu' type='qcow2'/>
      <source protocol="nbd">
        <host name="localhost" port="10001" />
      </source>
      <backingStore/>
      <target dev='hda' bus='ide'/>
    </disk>

# virsh blockcopy fedora hda --xml /tmp/copy.xml --transient-job --wait --verbose --finish  --reuse-external
error: unsupported configuration: reused mirror destination format must be specified

But it works without --reuse-external
# virsh blockcopy fedora hda --xml /tmp/copy.xml --transient-job --wait --verbose --finish
Block Copy: [100 %]
Successfully copied


Since it is clear that the format of dest image is qcow2, the error message "reused mirror destination format must be specified" is wrong. The blockcopy with network disk + --reuse-external should either be supported or post a better error message.

I am not sure if --reuse-external flag is only for file type disk. It seems the description of VIR_DOMAIN_BLOCK_COPY_REUSE_EXT(https://github.com/libvirt/libvirt/blob/7c08141f906e20e730c4b6407bc638e743deea48/src/libvirt-domain.c#L10479) indicates this flag is for file only:
 * VIR_DOMAIN_BLOCK_COPY_REUSE_EXT flag is present stating that the file
 * was pre-created with the correct format and metadata and sufficient
 * size to hold the copy. In case the VIR_DOMAIN_BLOCK_COPY_SHALLOW flag
 * is used the pre-created file has to exhibit the same guest visible contents
 * as the backing file of the original image. This allows a management app to
 * pre-create files with relative backing file names, rather than the default
 * of absolute backing file names.

Please help to confirm if it is a bug here.


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