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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH] vmware: os x support is broken

Behaviour of vmware* utilities is hidden from us.

It seems to me that they didn't expect vmware-vmx direct usage so
reporting everything to stderr in case of os x.

This obvious option is reported to stderr too and has some bug :

$ /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmware-vmx -?

/Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/vmware-vmx: illegal option -- ?

To run the user interface, use vmware and not vmware-vmx.

Usage: vmware-vmx [<flags>] [configfile]

where <flags> are:

       -P                   start paused

       -q                   exit at power off

       -s name=value        set variable NAME to VALUE

       -x                   power on when program starts

       -X                   as -x, also go to full screen mode

       -v                   print program version

       -#                   Product-specific settings

       -e name              extract a resource specified by name

       -?                   Usage

       -@                   VMDB connection to UI

vmware-vmx: this executable should not be invoked directly.

Cannot start vmware-vmx.

-3 Failed to parse command line options.

"vmware-vmx" -h probably was chosen as only one that reports version
string (btw it is strange that version is not saved to driver, it just
left in local var).

So I think connecting stderr is not bad at all, as it shouldn't change
behaviour and will address this strange VMware bug.

On Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 8:17 AM, Denis Kondratenko
<denis kondratenko gmail com> wrote:
> NP, I could test something for you. Send me a patch or whole brew receipt.
> On Jan 4, 2014 7:34 AM, "Doug Goldstein" <cardoe gentoo org> wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 12:14 PM, Eric Blake <eblake redhat com> wrote:
>> > On 01/03/2014 10:57 AM, Denis Kondratenko wrote:
>> >> Incorrect usage of virAsprintf and vmware-vmx reports to stderr.
>> >>
>> >> --- https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1036248
>> >
>> > Oh my - the triple --- leadin confused 'git am':
>> >
>> > Applying: vmware: os x support is broken
>> > fatal: patch fragment without header at line 42: @@ -271,17 +271,17 @@
>> > vmwareExtractVersion(struct vmware_driver
>> > *driver)</div><div> </div><div>     switch (driver-&gt;type)
>> > {</div><div>         case VMWARE_DRIVER_PLAYER:</div><div>-
>> >  if (virAsprintf(&amp;bin, &quot;%s/%s&quot;, vmwarePath,
>> > &quot;vmplayer&quot;))</div>
>> > Repository lacks necessary blobs to fall back on 3-way merge.
>> > Cannot fall back to three-way merge.
>> > Patch failed at 0001 vmware: os x support is broken
>> >
>> > so I had to apply it by hand.
>> >
>> >
>> >>          case VMWARE_DRIVER_PLAYER:
>> >> -            if (virAsprintf(&bin, "%s/%s", vmwarePath, "vmplayer"))
>> >> +            if (virAsprintf(&bin, "%s/%s", vmwarePath, "vmplayer") < 0)
>> >
>> > Definitely correct!
>> >
>> >
>> >>      cmd = virCommandNewArgList(bin, "-v", NULL);
>> >>      virCommandSetOutputBuffer(cmd, &outbuf);
>> >> +
>> >> +    // OS X 10.9.1 and some earlier ver: vmware-vmx reports ver to stderr
>> >
>> > We prefer to avoid C99 comments, and the code is self-explanatory enough
>> > that it was easier to just drop the comment (and put it in the commit
>> > message instead).
>> Sadly the comment actually doesn't make any sense. vmware-vmx is a
>> program shipped by VMware and doesn't select stdout or stderr based on
>> OS X version. It selects it based on whether the arguments supplied
>> are valid or not for the command. If they aren't valid then its stderr
>> (like most UNIX utilities) and if they're valid it goes via stdout. I
>> believe we had to use a bad command (and thus stderr) on OS X always
>> to get the version info as nothing that supplied the version returned
>> a successful.
>> Denis,
>> I don't own a copy of VMware Fusion (or any VMware product) so I can't
>> personally test. I have a number of branches which have some potential
>> fixes (I believe 1 series has been posted RFC without a response) but
>> don't at the moment have anyone to test them. So if you're interested
>> in testing them I can provide you with an alternate brew install
>> command and we can maybe land some other fixes.
>> --
>> Doug Goldstein

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