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Re: [Libvir] libvirtd - configuration file



On Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 03:49:32PM +0000, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> 
> Libvirtd needs a configuration file.  It's very simple - just to store 
> the services on which it's listening, and optionally to configure port 
> numbers and paths.
> 
> Libvirt so far doesn't have a concept of a configuration file, except 
> that obviously domain descriptions come out of XML files.
> 
> Do people on list have a preference for a style of configuration file? 
> An alternative is to configure entirely via the command line.

We do actually have a simple text based config file parser we use for
grokking the /etc/xen config files we could re-use. Technically the
files in /etc/xen are pure python, but our config parser only allows
plain strings, ints & lists so is safe to use. It can read and write
configs, preserving formatting.

> PS: Personally when administering a machine there is nothing worse than 
> finding an XML configuration file ...

Yeah, XML is fine for internal configs which a user doesn't need to touch,
but for admin facing configs in /etc/ we definitely want plain text
based format.

Dan.
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