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Re: [PATCH 0/3] vnc: remove "change vnc TARGET" and QMP change command,

From: Daniel P . Berrangé
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/3] vnc: remove "change vnc TARGET" and QMP change command, support "-vnc help"
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:52:04 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.14.6 (2020-07-11)

On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 11:38:31AM +0100, Gerd Hoffmann wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 03:42:32PM +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> > The real driver for these patches is to send all QemuOpts user input
> > to qemu_opts_parse_noisily, for consistency in the command line
> > parsing code and to effectively outlaw "help" and "?" QemuOpts
> > suboptions.  vnc_parse is the only function that is still using
> > qemu_opts_parse.
> Should we maybe move vnc to qapi cmd line parsing instead?
> > In order to remove the non-command-line callers of vnc_parse,
> > I am removing the deprecated QMP change command but also its HMP
> > veneer "change vnc TARGET", whose usecase is somewhat unclear to
> > me.
> Hmm.  It's been a few years ...
> IIRC back when this was added the main use case was having a way to
> enable/disable the vnc server.  Not sure this is still needed/useful.
> These days you can effectively disable vnc access by expiring the
> password (or not setting one in the first place) without re-configuring
> the vnc server.  Also the race where qemu allowed passwordless connects
> between start and password being set via monitor is long gone.

Yep, it was my patch back here:


The original justification or design was not especially compelling
and somewhat hackish in retrospect.

These days we really ought to change VNC so that it integrates with
"-object secret" for getting its password.

Being able to live add/remove display backends is somewhat
interesting, but if we want that it should be done generically
and use qapi modelling, and covering at least SPICE and VNC.

> So, all in all I feel a bit uncomfortable dropping this without the
> usual deprecation period.  No strong objections though.

Well we did deprecate the "change" command in general in 2.5.0.


We gave illustrations for replacement for vnc password and CD
media change, but no replacement was provided for changing
VNC server config.  That's ok though, as there's no requirement
that we provide a replacement when deprecating stuff. It would
have been nice if we explicitly mentioned we were dropping the
vnc target change funcitonality, but we have none the less
followed deprecation process for the 'change' command and so
can remove it now if desired.

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