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Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFC] dirty bitmap state uncertainty under certain cond

From: Nikolay Shirokovskiy
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFC] dirty bitmap state uncertainty under certain conditions
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:38:04 +0300
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On 22.11.2016 15:01, Nikolay Shirokovskiy wrote:
> Hi, everyone.
>   There is a problem with current incremental backups. Imagine I ask qemu to
> make an incremental backup then go away and return back when backup
> job is finished. Qemu process dismisses the job completely and I missed
> all the events so I don't know the result of the operation and what is
> most important I don't know the base for dirty bitmap now. In case of failure
> it is previous backup and in case of success it is the last backup. Qemu does
> not track dirty bitmap base for me so I have no choice other then clear
> dirty bitmap and make full backup which would be rather unexpected from user 
> POV (The situation of going away/coming back is libvirt crash/restart of 
> course.)
>   I guess problem has wider scope. In case I miss successfull completion of 
> full   
> backup my only option is to drop backup file and redo the backup completely
> which is rather wasteful. AFAIU I can not query backup completion result from
> backup file itself. I guess there can be similar issues for other qemu jobs.
> Nikolay

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