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[Qemu-block] [PULL 33/33] qcow2 spec: Describe string header extensions

From: Kevin Wolf
Subject: [Qemu-block] [PULL 33/33] qcow2 spec: Describe string header extensions
Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2019 13:58:23 +0100

Be more specific about the string representation in header extensions.

Suggested-by: Stefan Hajnoczi <address@hidden>
Signed-off-by: Kevin Wolf <address@hidden>
Reviewed-by: Eric Blake <address@hidden>
Reviewed-by: Stefan Hajnoczi <address@hidden>
 docs/interop/qcow2.txt | 14 ++++++++++++--
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/docs/interop/qcow2.txt b/docs/interop/qcow2.txt
index bfb97cfde3..8c3098d8d9 100644
--- a/docs/interop/qcow2.txt
+++ b/docs/interop/qcow2.txt
@@ -170,11 +170,11 @@ be stored. Each extension has a structure like the 
     Byte  0 -  3:   Header extension type:
                         0x00000000 - End of the header extension area
-                        0xE2792ACA - Backing file format name
+                        0xE2792ACA - Backing file format name string
                         0x6803f857 - Feature name table
                         0x23852875 - Bitmaps extension
                         0x0537be77 - Full disk encryption header pointer
-                        0x44415441 - External data file name
+                        0x44415441 - External data file name string
                         other      - Unknown header extension, can be safely
@@ -196,6 +196,16 @@ data of compatible features that it doesn't support. 
Compatible features that
 need space for additional data can use a header extension.
+== String header extensions ==
+Some header extensions (such as the backing file format name and the external
+data file name) are just a single string. In this case, the header extension
+length is the string length and the string is not '\0' terminated. (The header
+extension padding can make it look like a string is '\0' terminated, but
+neither is padding always necessary nor is there a guarantee that zero bytes
+are used for padding.)
 == Feature name table ==
 The feature name table is an optional header extension that contains the name

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