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Re: [libvirt] [RFC] API vs XML

On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 01:26:07AM +0200, Stefan de Konink wrote:
> In my previous email Daniel made clear that for many functions it is
> preferable to have access to the XML output. I would like to know what the
> general opinion is about defining a domain.
> I can understand that people don't mind to define a domain manually or
> with tools and pump it inside libvirt with the virDomainDefineXML call.
> But why are the XML tree manipulating features not incorporated into the
> API? Slightly more 'semantics based' than Attach/Detach Device. Allowing
> to specify the information that is going into the XML.

Believe me, I loathe XML for this purpose too.  It defeats type
safety, encourages random 'extension' and is impossible to check if
the drivers conform.  Nevertheless changing it now is a lot of extra
work for not much immediate benefit.


Richard Jones, Emerging Technologies, Red Hat  http://et.redhat.com/~rjones
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