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Re: [libvirt] Node devices?

On Tue, Feb 09, 2010 at 03:57:28PM -0800, Ed Swierk wrote:
> After staring at the code implementing node devices in libvirt, I have
> decided that they're really neat, but I have no idea what they are for
> or how to use them.
> Reading the API docs and searching libvir-list didn't help much, and
> the user documentation (http://libvirt.org/archnode.html and
> http://libvirt.org/formatnode.html) is a bit, err, high-level.
> Can someone enlighten me?

Mostly what Alex already said :-)

The libvirt APIs are split into several functional areas

 - virDomain - guest management
 - virInterface - host network interface configuration
 - virStorage   - storage manangement
 - virNetwork   - virtual networking

The goal is that an app should be able to accomplish all its virtualization
management tasks without needing any other remote access to the host via
SSH or other systems. Many of the APIs for those areas I mention above
require knowledge of what physical devices are present on the machine. For
example, assigning a PCI or USB device to a guests requires that you know
what PCI / USB devices the host has. Setting up a storage pool requires
knowing what disks are available. Configuring network interfaces requires
knowing what NICs are available, etc.  So 'virNodeDev' APIs provide the
missing link that lets you discover the information about a host that you
need in order to use the other APIs.

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