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Re: [Qemu-devel] Re: [PATCH 00/15] QAPI Round 1 (core code generator) (v

From: Luiz Capitulino
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Re: [PATCH 00/15] QAPI Round 1 (core code generator) (v2)
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 15:09:18 -0300

On Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:59:33 -0500
Anthony Liguori <address@hidden> wrote:

> On 03/16/2011 09:34 AM, Luiz Capitulino wrote:
> > On Fri, 11 Mar 2011 17:05:30 -0600
> > Anthony Liguori<address@hidden>  wrote:
> >
> >> For more information about the background of QAPI, see
> >> http://wiki.qemu.org/Features/QAPI
> >>
> >> This series depends on 'QAPI Round 0' which I posted earlier.
> >>
> >> Since v2, the major changes are:
> >>
> >>   - Switch to a multiline code emitter to ease readability
> >>   - Use named parameters for escape sequences
> >>   - Add support for proxy commands
> >>   - Add support for asynchronous commands
> >>
> >> This version still adds a -qmp2 option.  This is the only practical way I 
> >> know
> >> to have testable code while not merging 200 patches all at once.
> > I've started reviewing this and my first impression is that this seems to be
> > real good. However, there's a lot of code here and some parts of it are a 
> > bit
> > complicated, so I need more time to do a thorough review and testing.
> >
> > Having said that, my only immediate concern is weather this will have any
> > negative side effects on the wire protocol, today or in the future.
> >
> > I mean, a C library has different extensibility constraints and 
> > functionality
> > requirements than a high-level protocol and tying/mixing the two can have
> > bad side effects, like this small one (patch 12/15):
> C library is not quite as important as C interface.  I want QMP to be an 
> interface that we consume internally because that will make QMP a strong 
> external interface.


> A fundamental design characteristic for me is that first and foremost, 
> QMP should be a good C interface and that the wire representation should 
> be easy to support in a good C interface.


> This is a shift in our direction but the good news is that the practical 
> impact is small.  But I don't think there's a lot of value of focusing 
> on non-C consumers because any non-C consumer is capable of consuming a 
> good C interface (but the inverse is not true).

I disagree. To access a C interface from a high-level language you usually
have to write bindings. Using something like QMP instead of writing bindings
is a lot easier.

Also, what's the problem with C consumers using QMP? Libvirt is C, and it
does it just fine.

So, my personal position on shifting the direction is: I think it's if
we treat the C interface as something internal to QEMU.

> > +##
> > +# @put_event:
> > +#
> > +# Disconnect a signal.  This command is used to disconnect from a signal 
> > based
> > +# on the handle returned by a signal accessor.
> > +#
> > +# @tag: the handle returned by a signal accessor.
> > +#
> > +# Returns: Nothing on success.
> > +#          If @tag is not a valid handle, InvalidParameterValue
> > +#
> > +# Since: 0.15.0
> >
> > The name 'signal' (at least today) doesn't make sense on the wire protocol,
> > 'put_event' probably doesn't make sense in the C library, nor does 'event'.
> I tried very hard to make events useful without changing the wire 
> protocol significantly but I've failed there.
> I've got a new proposal for handling events that introduces the concept 
> of a signal on the wire and the notion of connecting and disconnecting 
> from signals.


> > Another detail is that, event extension is more important than command
> > extension, because it's probably going to happen. I think it would be very
> > bad to add new events just because we wanted to add a new field.
> The way this is typically handled is that signals tend to pass 
> structures instead of lots of fields.  For instance, most of the GDK 
> events just pass a structure for the event (like GdkButtonEvent).
> > Most of these problems seems to go away just by making libqmp internal
> > to QEMU, then I think all this work would rock big time :-)
> For 0.15.0, libqmp is internal to QEMU.  We need to think very hard 
> before making it an external interface.


> But the same sort of compatibility considerations apply to using QMP 
> within QEMU.  If you add a new field to a function call, we need to 
> modify any internal usage of the API.

What's the problem of doing this?

> If we add a field to a structure, 
> as long as we use feature flags (we do), only the places that care to 
> set that field need to worry about it.

Why do we need this in an internal interface?

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