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[libvirt] Improving virsh for scripting: easily parseable output?

On 06/23/2010 06:58 PM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
--details is still targetted at humans. If you want something more
easily parseable it should use a structured format like CSV. So I
don't think we should be overloading --details for this purpose.

It sounds like there would be good benefit to directly improving the output of virsh for scripting.

As a thought for the right approach, maybe having command line options affecting the output delimiters (field & record separators), suppress headings, and using a "better approach" for errors?

Initial thinking is something like:

  -D  --data-only
            data only (no header in output)

  -F, --field-separator=STRING
            set field separator (default: "|")

  -R, --record-separator=STRING
            set record separator (default: newline)

Unsure about error handling though.  Any suggestions?

Regards and best wishes,

Justin Clift

Salasaga  -  Open Source eLearning IDE

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