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Re: [Qemu-block] [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v14 00/19] QAPI/QOM work for non-scalar object properties
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:06:33 +0200
Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.5 (gnu/linux)
I've warmed quite a bit to this series while reviewing it. In
particular, I've come around to like structuring the command line ->
QAPI pipeline exactly like the JSON -> QAPI pipeline, namely 1. parse
into QObject, 2. convert to QAPI with the QObject input visitor.
QObject serves as abstract syntax here. The differences between JSON
and command line result in different abstract syntax, which in turn
necessitates two cases in the input visitor. The series adds more than
two, to cater for option visitor funnies. Perhaps we can do without
some of them.
The other way to skin this cat would be an improved options visitor.
Has its advantages and disadvantages, but the big one is that you
already did the work for QObject input visitor solution.
The one major issue I have with the series is that it adds to the
growing body of QemuOpts hacks/workarounds.
We've pushed QemuOpts beyond well its design limits. What started as a
simple store for scalar configuration parameters structured as key=value
lists, plus command line and configuration file syntax, has grown three
ways to specify lists (repeated keys, basically an implementation
accident that got pressed into service; special integer list syntax in
the options visitor, later adopted by the string input visitor,
hopefully compatibly; and the block layer's dotted key convention) and a
way to specify arbitrary complex values (block layer's dotted key
convention again). Of these, only "repeated keys" is in QemuOpts
proper, all the others are bolted on and used only when needed. How
they interact is not obvious.
This series marries all the bolted-on stuff and puts it in the QObject
visitor. That's actually an improvement of sorts; at least it's in just
two places now. But it's still a smorgasbord of syntactical/semantic
I feel it's time to stop working around the design limits of QemuOpts
and start replacing them by something that serves our current needs. We
basically need the expressive power of JSON on the command line. Syntax
is debatable, but it should be *one* concrete command-line syntax,
parsed by *one* parser into *one* kind of abstract syntax tree, where
the only optional variations are the ones forced upon us by backward
We can't do this for 2.8, obviously. We can try for 2.9. I have pretty
specific ideas on how it should be done, so I guess it's only fair I
give it a try myself.
I know the block layer wants to use bits of this series to save some
coding work for certain features targeting 2.8. I have no objections as
long as it doesn't create new ABI. Exception: I'm okay with applying
dotted key convention to more of the same, e.g. new block drivers.
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