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Re: [libvirt] RFC: take two on live update of network configuration

On 09/06/2012 07:43 AM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:

>> ===========
>> OPTION 3) Again, a single API, but with an added "nodespec" arg which would
>> be used to describe the parent node you of the node you want added/updated to:

>> 3) Can you think of a situation where this wouldn't work?
> In a libvirt API where you don't use XML directly.
> The thing I like about option 3 is that you are just passing in little
> snippets of XML to either add/remove/modify.  But we need to figure out
> a better way todo this, without using XPath markers IMHO.

Option 4

Instead of an arbitrary XPath marker, can we come up with an enum of
possible change sites?  That would mean the user doesn't have quite as
much flexibility (passing an int instead of string), but we are still
extensible as new changeable sites make sense (add another enum
constant).  There's still some disambiguation needed, but I suppose you
could obtain that by passing (a subset of) the original XML sufficient
to provide the context necessary.

For example,

     /* full text of <host> element to add to <dhcp>, embedded in
      * enough partial context from the original xml as to find the
      * right <dhcp> to add it to */
			"  <ip address=''>"
			"    <dhcp>"
			"      <host mac='00:16:3e:77:e2:ed' "
			"      name='X.example.com' ip=''/>"
			"    </dhcp>"
			"  </ip>"
                      | VIR_NETWORK_UPDATE_CONFIG);

Not sure I like it any better, but at least it's more targetted than
option 1 (you can't change arbitrary code, just the section highlighted
by the enum value and the choice of add, remove, or replace), so the
diff'ing is a bit easier.

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

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