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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH v3 0/5] file descriptor passing using pass-fd

On 06/14/2012 09:55 AM, Corey Bryant wrote:

> This patch series adds the pass-fd QMP monitor command, which allows
> an fd to be passed via SCM_RIGHTS, and returns the received file
> descriptor.  Support is also added to the block layer to allow QEMU
> to dup the fd when the filename is of the /dev/fd/X format.  This
> is useful if MAC policy prevents QEMU from opening specific types
> of files.

Something to think about on how this will interact with Jeff's work on
block-commit.  That is an interface where qemu must reopen backing files
which were previously O_RDONLY to now be O_RDWR.  By default (when
open() is supported in qemu, and qemu is using the actual file name),
this means 'block-commit' works without needing any fd names.  But with
this new fd-passing approach, a file originally opened as O_RDONLY
/dev/fd/21 will need to be reopened, but the reopened fd will (likely)
not be 21.  In other words, we need to make sure 'block-commit' supports
the ability to pass in optional arguments that specify the file name of
the backing file to be reopened, so that libvirt can pass in O_RDWR fds
to replace the existing O_RDONLY fd, and be aware that the /dev/fd/nn
naming of the reopen will be different.

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

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