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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH 2/2] qemu: use -incoming fd:n to avoid qemu holding fd indefinitely

On 12/23/2010 05:51 PM, Eric Blake wrote:
Since you are at it, you may also want to replace the usage of netcat
>>  and Unix sockets with "-incoming fd:" and a one-way pipe.
>  Not sure it's worth it.  Is unix:path any less efficient than creating a
>  one-way pipe for use by fd:n?  Also, we can't replace netcat; the use of
>  '-incoming "exec:nc -lU path"' is only used in libvirt that predates
>  '-incoming unix:path', which also happens to predate '-incoming fd:n'.
Thinking about it more:

In the outgoing direction, we still have to use a unix socket (outgoing
migration is started via a monitor command, and I don't know how to pass
a new fd into qemu for using with an fd:n outgoing migration via the
monitor - it seems like fd is only useful on the command line).

File descriptor in the outgoing direction is supported using SCM_RIGHTS, but you're right that when qemu doesn't support the fd: migration protocol you would still have to use a fallback (it could be mkfifo + cat, instead of netcat, but it would be a substantial amount of work for a limited gain in portability).


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