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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v1] hmp: 'info snapshots' not showing the id

From: Markus Armbruster
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v1] hmp: 'info snapshots' not showing the id
Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:24:28 +0100
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seeteena <address@hidden> writes:

> On 12/22/2017 01:07 PM, Markus Armbruster wrote:
>> Eric Blake <address@hidden> writes:
>>> On 12/19/2017 08:20 AM, Max Reitz wrote:
>>>> So there are three things:
>>>> (1) We probably should not allow snapshot names that could be IDs.
>>>> Easiest way to solve this: Names have to start with a non-digit.
>>> Yes, that would be a nice change.  It is not strictly backwards
>>> compatible (so we'd still have to cope with images that didn't follow
>>> the rule, whether created by older qemu or by non-qemu implementations
>>> of qcow2), but would alleviate a lot of confusion.
>> I recommend to restrict ID strings to letters, digits, '-', '.', '_',
>> starting with a letter.  Use id_wellformed() to check.
> char *id_generate(IdSubSystems id) autogenates ID in the format eg- 
> "#block146" with starting with '#' always.
> restricting ID strings to use id_wellformed() means we need to force
> ID to start with letter.
> #define ID_SPECIAL_CHAR '#' needs to change to (some letter)
> #define ID_SPECIAL_CHAR 'A'

Ensuring auto-generated IDs cannot clash with IDs chosen by the user is
a good idea.  We generally fail to do that in QEMU.

An obvious way to do it is to require the user's IDs to start with a
letter, and auto-generated IDs to start with another suitable character.
In theory, starting with '#' is problematic, because it needs to be
quoted in shell at the beginning of words.  Only matters if
auto-generated IDs make sense in command lines, which I guess they
currently don't.  I'd prefer a 'shell-safe' character all the same.

>> If backward compatibility is an issue, deprecate offending IDs (with a
>> suitable warning), and kill them off after the customary grace period.
>> IDs embedded in image files and such you may have to keep working
>> somehow indefinitely.

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