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[libvirt] [RFC] Image Fleecing for Libvirt (BZ 955734, 905125)



On Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 05:57:12PM +0800, Fam Zheng wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> QEMU-KVM BZ 955734, and libvirt BZ 905125 are about feature "Read-only
> point-in-time throwaway snapshot". The development is ongoing on
> upstream, which implements the core functionality by QMP command
> drive-backup. I want to demonstrate the HMP/QMP commands here for image
> fleecing tasks (again) and make sure this interface looks ready and
> satisfying from Libvirt point of view.
> 
> We get cheap point-in-time snapshot, and export it through built in NBD
> server, by commands described below:
> 
>  1. qemu-img create -f qcow2 -o backing_file=RUNNING-VM.img BACKUP.qcow2
> 
>     (although the backing_file option is not honoured in the next step
>     because we *override* backing file with an existing
>     BlockDriverState, giving it here does no harm and also makes sure
>     the created image is of right size.)
> 
>  2. (HMP) drive_add backing=ide0-hd0,file=BACKUP.qcow2,id=target0,if=none
> 
>     (where ide0-hd0 is the running BlockDriverState name for
>     RUNNING-VM.img)
> 
>  3. (QMP) drive-backup device=ide0-hd0 mode=drive sync=none target=target0
> 
>     (NewImageMode 'drive' means target is looked up as a device id, sync
>     mode 'none' means don't copy any data except copy-on-write the
>     point in time snapshot data)
> 
>  4. (QMP) nbd-server-add device=target0
> 
> When image fleecing done:
> 
>  1. (QMP) block-job-complete device=ide0-hd0
> 
>  2. (HMP) drive_del target0
> 
>  3. rm BACKUP.qcow2
> 
> Note: HMP drive_add/drive_del has no counterpart in QMP now but a new
> command blockdev-add to do similar things is WIP, which can be an
> alternative in QMP flavor.
> 
> Any comments are welcome!
> 
> -- 
> Best regards,
> Fam Zheng

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