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Re: [libvirt] [virt-tools-list] [RFC] virt-disk : a command line tool for modify domain XML's disk of inactive domains.

On 02/21/2011 05:04 PM, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
> On Mon, 21 Feb 2011 08:17:30 -0700
> Eric Blake <eblake redhat com> wrote:
>> On 02/21/2011 01:23 AM, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
>>> Hi, now, with qemu, virsh attach-disk doesn't work with inactive disks and
>>> we need to edit XML with virsh edit.
>>> IIUC, libvirt and virsh is designed as it is.
>> Actually, libvirt should be patched to learn how to modify xml of
>> inactive disks for qemu (it already can do it for xen, so the API is
>> already present, it's just that no one has wired up that API for qemu).
> Before starging this, I thought of that. I did this in python by 3 reasons.
> 1. When we asked "Is it a spec that we cannot modify inactive domain ?" to
>    a Redhat guy, he answered "it's a spec".
>    Do you, maintainers, have some concensus about this ?

'virsh attach-disk --persistent' is supposed to be able to modify an
inactive domain.  If it doesn't do so for qemu, then that's because no
one has yet implemented it correctly, which means libvirt has a bug that
needs to be patched.  For example, see:


about 'virsh setmem --config' not working for qemu.

> 2. virsh attach-disk doesn't seem to support misc. options. It doesn't have
>    - boot_order
>    - shareable
>    - serial
>    - io
>    - error_policy
>    etc...

If there's something that the libvirt API supports, but which virsh does
not support, then that's a bug in virsh.  Please let us know about these
usability deficiencies in virsh, since that is the right place to be
patching it for use by all other shell-based tools, rather than
reinventing a new tool by every user.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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