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Re: [RFC] Move tools sources to the tools directory (was Re: [PATCH v2]

From: Daniel P . Berrangé
Subject: Re: [RFC] Move tools sources to the tools directory (was Re: [PATCH v2] MAINTAINERS: Fix the location of tools manuals)
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2021 15:04:02 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.14.6 (2020-07-11)

On Thu, Feb 04, 2021 at 02:50:08PM +0000, Peter Maydell wrote:
> On Thu, 4 Feb 2021 at 14:47, Daniel P. Berrangé <berrange@redhat.com> wrote:
> > The distinction of contrib/ vs tools/ is supposed to be more a
> > reflection on the quality of the program.
> >
> > contrib/ should be considered demo-ware, no back compat guaranteed,
> > may or may not work, no testing guaranteed, no man pages.
> On this definition, why do we have any of it in our source tree?
> Interesting but unmaintained side things can live quite happily
> elsewhere (other peoples' git forks, blog posts, whatever).

Yes, broadly speaking I would actually agree with this. I think much of
this could easily live outside of qemu.git, beit a separate repo uner
QEMU project namespace, or a complete 3rd party.

Especially the vhost-user stuff has no dependency on QEMU in general
and could be used with other KVM userspaces.

> If we care about a bit of code enough to keep it in our source
> tree we ought to care about it enough to properly document
> and test it and give it a suitable place to live.

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