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Re: [Qemu-block] [Qemu-devel] Non-flat command line option argument synt

From: Fam Zheng
Subject: Re: [Qemu-block] [Qemu-devel] Non-flat command line option argument syntax
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2017 20:21:50 +0800
User-agent: Mutt/1.7.1 (2016-10-04)

On Thu, 02/02 20:42, Markus Armbruster wrote:
> === Comparison ===
> In my opinion, dotted keys are weird and ugly, but at least they don't
> add to the quoting mess.  Structured values look better, except when
> they do add to the quoting mess.
> I'm having a hard time deciding which one I like less :)
> Opinions?  Other ideas?

Here's my poor attempt:

The dotted syntax, as the simpler of two, can cover everyday use very well.  If
we introduce an "@reference" extension to it which can help the expresiveness,
we can have a hybrid solution. It's not the cleanest interface and syntax, but
escaping, nesting and quoting can all be divide-and-conqured in their optimal 
What I'm imagining is something like:

    -json "id=children0,text=[
                { 'driver': 'null-co://' },
                { 'driver': 'null-co://' },
                { 'driver': 'null-co://' }
            ]" \
    -dot \
id=quorum0,driver=quorum,read-pattern=fifo,vote-threshold=1,address@hidden \
    -drive if=virtio,id=primary-disk0,driver=qcow2,address@hidden

IOW "-json" and "-dot" define options that is intended to be referenced from
other dotted keys (quorum0 uses children0, and in turn primary-disk0 uses

Note: "-dot" here could be replaced with a -blockdev in this specific case but
I'm demostrating it just in case it is useful generically.


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