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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 15:06:01 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.14.6 (2020-07-11)

On Thu, Feb 04, 2021 at 04:02:01PM +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 04/02/21 15:50, 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).
> > 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.
> That's indeed what happened with libvhost-user; it has graduated to a
> separate project since it is okay for use in other (production-ready)
> vhost-user backends.
> Most of the software in contrib/ is essentially a reference implementations.
> They are "perfect" for that task, but not meant to grow more features or to
> be used in production (compare vhost-user-blk with qemu-storage-daemon for
> example).
> The other four can be classified as follows:
> - elf2dmp and rdmacm-mux should be in tools/, probably it's in contrib/
> because nobody uses it and there's no tests so it might bitrot.
> - systemd is just a couple files meant for distros to pick up, possibly with
> customizations.  gitdm is just for people who want to get QEMU development
> stats, so I suppose these two are in the same group as well.

gitdm ought to be in scripts/ really

The systemd files ought to be in the same directory as the tool they
are associated with.

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