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Re: [libvirt] virsh auto completion

On 01/08/2013 11:02 AM, Michal Privoznik wrote:
> Going over my local git branches, I found old patch set which I was trying to get in once.
> Along guest IP address patches I feel like this one is desired as well and keeps returning
> to us from time to time.

Indeed.  Furthermore, we'd want a 'virsh complete args...' command,
which can be called from bash, and gives the same completion that would
be provided from within interactive virsh when hitting TAB after 'args...'.

> +++ b/tools/virsh.h
> @@ -146,6 +146,8 @@ typedef struct _vshCmdOptDef vshCmdOptDef;
>  typedef struct _vshControl vshControl;
>  typedef struct _vshCtrlData vshCtrlData;
> +typedef char ** (*vshCmdOptCompleter)
> +    (const vshCmdDef *cmd, const char *optname, void *opaque);

Yes, every option would need a callback function that says what
completions that option would like to present (although the options of
many commands can share the same function, such as a single completer
for all domains, a completer for all online domains, a completer for all
storage pool names, ...).  Then it is a matter of wiring up the command
line parser to recognize which option is next positionally, to determine
which completion callback to use.

> One of the biggest problem with this is - I'd have to change all of option definitions
> (add 'NULL, NULL, ' to all of them). Apart from huge impact, we still want command based completer,
> otherwise we would only complete:

Or even switch all option definitions to use C99 initializers, with {
.name = "foo", .completer = fooComplete, } - but yes, we have to touch a
lot of code to add it in, so we want to get the design right before
starting this.

> f17 f18 <...>
> virsh # start --domain <TAB>
> Who's really typing '--domain'? The idea is to make users life easier, not harder.

If a user types --domain, then we know what to complete; but even if
they don't, we often know which option is the next positional parameter
(that is, our command line parser already knows that 'start foo' is
shorthand for 'start --domain foo', and can thus use the --domain
completer when the user types 'start TAB').

> My aim to write this e-mail is:
> 1) let you know somebody is working on this
> 2) get your thoughts and opinions.

Go for it - but as others have said, also check the archives to reuse
any useful starting points already out there.

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

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