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[Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2] qmp-shell: add persistent command history

From: John Snow
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2] qmp-shell: add persistent command history
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2017 13:54:27 -0500

Use the existing readline history function we are utilizing
to provide persistent command history across instances of qmp-shell.

This assists entering debug commands across sessions that may be
interrupted by QEMU sessions terminating, where the qmp-shell has
to be relaunched.

Signed-off-by: John Snow <address@hidden>

v2: Adjusted the errors to whine about non-ENOENT errors, but still
    intercept all errors as non-fatal.
    Save history atexit() to match bash standard behavior

 scripts/qmp/qmp-shell | 19 +++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 19 insertions(+)

diff --git a/scripts/qmp/qmp-shell b/scripts/qmp/qmp-shell
index 0373b24..55a8285 100755
--- a/scripts/qmp/qmp-shell
+++ b/scripts/qmp/qmp-shell
@@ -70,6 +70,9 @@ import json
 import ast
 import readline
 import sys
+import os
+import errno
+import atexit
 class QMPCompleter(list):
     def complete(self, text, state):
@@ -109,6 +112,7 @@ class QMPShell(qmp.QEMUMonitorProtocol):
         self._pretty = pretty
         self._transmode = False
         self._actions = list()
+        self._histfile = os.path.join(os.path.expanduser('~'), '.qmp_history')
     def __get_address(self, arg):
@@ -137,6 +141,21 @@ class QMPShell(qmp.QEMUMonitorProtocol):
         # XXX: default delimiters conflict with some command names (eg. 
         # clearing everything as it doesn't seem to matter
+        try:
+            readline.read_history_file(self._histfile)
+        except Exception as e:
+            if isinstance(e, IOError) and e.errno == errno.ENOENT:
+                # File not found. No problem.
+                pass
+            else:
+                print "Failed to read history '%s'; %s" % (self._histfile, e)
+        atexit.register(self.__save_history)
+    def __save_history(self):
+        try:
+            readline.write_history_file(self._histfile)
+        except Exception as e:
+            print "Failed to save history file '%s'; %s" % (self._histfile, e)
     def __parse_value(self, val):

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