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Re: [lvm-devel] [RFC/PATCH 0/2] lvm2app: Adding lv creation support

Tony Asleson <tasleson redhat com> writes:

> On 01/23/2013 01:25 AM, M. Mohan Kumar wrote:
>> From: "M. Mohan Kumar" <mohan in ibm com>
>> Hello,
>> We added Block Device(BD) backend capability to GlusterFS last year. BD
>> backend takes volume group as the input for GlusterFS volume and exports
>> all logical volumes under it as regular files to the GlusterFS client.
>> Now we are planning to export thin LVs as also regular files through
>> GlusterFS. In order to support thin LVs, we need thin lv creation
>> support in the lvm-devel.
>> I am posting RFC patches for adding various lv target creation
>> support and thin(pool) lv creation support in lvm library.
>> First approach (Add thin and thin pool lv creation) adds two interfaces
>> lvm_lv_thinpool and lvm_lv_thin (similar to lvm_vg_create_lv_linear())
>> to create thin-pool LV and thin LV respectively.
> Thanks for the patches!
> This patch looks pretty straight forward.  Ideally we would not have the
> function do the write and commit to match the other functions.  Did you
> happen to take a peek to what that would involve?
This function is based on existing function
lvm_vg_create_lv_linear. This existing function does not call
lvm_vg_write.  or am I missing something here?

>> Second approach (Add LV creation support) adds interface
>> lvm_vg_create_lv() that can be used to create LV of any target type
>> (stripe, mirror, raid, thin etc). As part of this interface a new
>> structure lv_params_t is addded which is similar to lvcreate_params
>> exposing all parameters (such as chunk size, stripe size etc) to the end
>> user. Advantage with this approach is that it gives the user to control
>> properties of new LVs such as if the minor number of new lv should be
>> persistent, allocation policy, permission mode, stripe size etc. But
>> problem with this approach is that lots of code (parameter parsing,
>> setting default value for LV properties etc) from tools is duplicated
>> and it needs to be made as a library so that both tools and lvm-devel
>> can consume them.
>> In the long run, lvm-devel may need to provide finer control to the user
>> when creating LVs. In that case second approach is more suitable.
> I agree with everything you state here and I also agree with your
> comments about moving the code into a common spot instead of copying it.
>  I see that you do have some slight differences in the copied functions,
> but those are required.
I need to modify some of the validation as it was not needed in case of
parameter passed by user.

> Exposing parameter passing with the use of structures is typically
> discouraged in a shared C API.  The struct padding can be different from
> client application and library compile based on compiler settings.  If
> we go this route we should at the very least do a pragma pack to
> mitigate this.  In addition once you do this the structure forever
> cannot change.  We could address these issues by creating an opaque data
> type and then adding some functions to set/get the values from the
> opaque handle.  Kind of tedious, but it is a common approach.
> Not sure what else we could do to offset the vast number of arguments
> that are available.

I agree, can we try something like this:
lv_set_param(mirror, value_for_mirror, opaque structure);
lv_set_param(region_size, value_for_region_size, opaque structure);

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