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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH][RFC] adding a title to the domain description informations

On 01/24/2012 07:18 AM, Daniel Veillard wrote:
>  The idea is that currently we have only the domain name usable as
> a description for the domain. It is not really a good human readable
> identifier, as the kind of string allowed is limited (no space for
> example). The idea would then be to extend the existing <description>
> field in the domain XML to keep 40 or less character string to describe
> a domain and provide that information later for example in an extended
> virsh list command or for other interfaces.
>   While the idea is simple, see attached patch for this, it becomes more
> complex when one tries to make accessors to set/get that title for a
> domain, since it's mutable and possibly could be coming from the
> hypervisor itself (is there anything like this in VMWare or VirtualBox?)
> it should to be implemented down at the driver level. Is that worth the
> effort ? If we go that route should we do this for other objects
> (network, storage, etc ...) too in the end ?
> here is a basic patch for just the XML side to give an idea, but
> adding APIs is far more work.
>   Opinions ?

Looks like this is more or less identical to Peter's proposal to add a
<title> element:

so I'm all for the idea (not sure whether your patch or Peter's is
better for the idea).

As far as I know, the title is _not_ coming from the hypervisor itself,
nor is it guest-visible; it is merely metadata from the host's perspective.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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