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Re: [Qemu-devel] KVM call agenda for April 05

From: Brad Hards
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] KVM call agenda for April 05
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2011 22:21:35 +1000
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On Tue, 5 Apr 2011 06:29:48 pm Alexander Graf wrote:
> > quality and resubmission. It would also help to have some explanatory
> > text for some of the architectural docs that are available (e.g. there
> > is a lot of words on the wiki about QED, and I guess its some kind of
> > storage / disk thing, but I have no idea why its important, or even if I
> > should know about it).
> Take a look at http://wiki.qemu.org/Contribute/StartHere. It links to
> (rudimentary) explanations for QED. We don't have a full-on architectural
> doc though. And I'm not sure we ever will - unless people volunteer to
> write documentation instead of code :).
I take it you meant http://wiki.qemu.org/Features/QED (and the pages that link 
from there). I still don't know what QED does. I'm guessing something related 
to block devices (blocks get mentioned) and it is different to something called 
"raw", but I still don't know what QED does (or does differently / better than 
something else).

There is detail on why things are the way they are, but no context to help 
situate that detail.

The problem isn't with QED in particular. That is just an example of the issue 
- it could be applied equally to sheepdog, or VNC / Splice / SDL display, or 
some of the other things I don't even know that I don't know.

I personally found the qdev presentation style pretty approachable:
 - here is how it used to be...
 - that sucks for all the obvious reasons, and some you didn't think about...
 - here is how we do it now / should do it...
 - that sucks (less) for these reasons...
 - here is what you should do...

That isn't going to replace reading the code and copying examples. There 
should only be enough detail to tell people "you should know X and Y, and look 
here for more".


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