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Re: [Libvir] Re: Asynchronous notifications of domain start/stop

Daniel Veillard wrote:
On Wed, Jul 18, 2007 at 01:23:22PM +0200, Gerd Hoffmann wrote:
That way except for the fd everything is synchronous and
purely within the application flow of control. The problem is how to
then feed the fd when "something occurs" especially since the something is
happening in a different process or even a different domain.
What troubling events do you have in mind?  For remote you'll have the
socket to select() on.  As I far I know the very same protocol is used
for qemu, so you probably have a socket too, right?  For xen you can
just use the xenstore fd.  Dunno on the network stuff.  Who manages the
network?  Probably the libvirtd daemon too?  Then the notifications can
go through the libvirt <-> libvirtd socket connection, so you have a fd too.

  If you give directly the fd of the socket used to talk internally to the
daemon then you must allow for case where there is data to read but no
even will be generated in the function, because since you don't have the
library filtering you can't be sure what's available is something the
application is interested in.
  For example if doing a migration a lot of traffic may happen on multiple
sockets before the user see an event he's actually interested into.
There is so much nastyness once you break the purely synchronous model.

I think, specifically with migration, the problem case is:

  client   -- sends domainMigrate -->   source server
    migration starts
    domain disappears from source server
  source server  -- sends domainStop event --> client

    later, domain appears on destination server
  destination server   -- sends domainStart event --> client

  source server   -- sends reply to domainMigrate -->   client

The domainStop event from the source server is the problem message. It appears in between the request and the reply for an ordinary RPC.

This argues for having two separate connections, one for synchronous RPC, one for events. That in itself is not very pleasant, particularly if the connections are going over ssh, or if connections are otherwise expensive to set up or maintain (hello TLS).

Oh and BTW, writing and reading TLS messages does not translate simply into write(2) and read(2) on the underlying fd. TLS tends to chat backwards and forwards. The remote driver goes to a lot of trouble to deal with this.

What might be needed is allowing multiple file handles (one socket to
xenstore, one socket to libvirtd) so libvirt can collect events from
different sources.  It becomes a bit difficuilt at that point.  avahi
has that problem too.  They have a "give me functions to register and
unregister filehandles"-style api for that.  And some helper functions
to make that easy for apps using the event loops of the usual gui libs
(glib/gtk, qt).

  Could be a possibility, the other one is to create one thread internal
to the library but limited purely to doing I/O, still I find this disgusting.

Mmmm, not nice.


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