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[libvirt] Language consolidation (Re: [PATCHv2 0/2] storage backend support matrix)

On Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 04:03:33PM +0000, Cedric Bosdonnat wrote:
> Hello,
> Here is an updated version of the previous Storage backend support matrix in the doc.
> As discussed with Michal, the matrix is now part of hvsupport.html with a
> paragraph and link from storage.html.
> This has now been turned into a series to fix the links in TOC of the storage
> page
> Cédric Bosdonnat (2):
>   Fix hvsupport toc
>   Generate status of the backend implementation in hvsupport.html
>  .gitignore                   |  1 +
>  docs/Makefile.am             | 12 +++++--
>  docs/apibuild.py             |  2 ++
>  docs/hvsupport.pl            |  4 ++-
>  docs/storage.html.in         | 13 ++++++++
>  docs/storagebackendstatus.py | 63 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I can't really say I'm a fan of implementing this via a second
python script, as opposed to just putting the logic into the
existing hvsupport.pl script directly.

I can totally understand though if the idea of writing Perl code
was not appealing :-)

FWIW, as the person responsible for much of the Perl code in libvirt,
I think we should make it an explicit TODO item to convert all our
Perl code into Python 3 code.

Given that we're likely to incorporate some new languages like Rust
and/or Go code in libvirt, we definitely want to try to cull some
other languages we use. Perl is the obvious one. The autotools mix
of autoconf/shell/m4/make languages are the other clear candidates,
to replace with meson's domain specific language.

I'd also suggest our docs/ directory be changed to use either RST
or Markdown, instead of XSL.  RST (Sphinx) is likely a good idea,
given that this would give us alignment with what QEMU is using
for docs.  This might in turn suggest  we replace POD manpages
with RST too.

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