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Re: [Qemu-devel] [Nbd] [PATCH 1/2] NBD proto: add WRITE_ZEROES extension

From: Wouter Verhelst
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [Nbd] [PATCH 1/2] NBD proto: add WRITE_ZEROES extension
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:31:42 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.24 (2015-08-30)

On Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 12:37:33PM +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 24/03/2016 09:26, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> >> > 
> >> > No, there is no specific reason. Looks like NBD_CMD_FLAG_ZEROES fits the
> >> > spec and implementations nicely. So I'll rewrite the extension and add
> >> > the flag instead of the whole command.
> > Actually, having given this some more thought...
> > 
> > There is at least one server-side implementation of nbd (mine) which
> > silently ignores flags it doesn't know about. This isn't a problem for
> > non-critical flags, but it could be a problem for a flag like this. Of
> > course, a client shouldn't send a flag to a server which that server
> > hasn't heard of, but mistakes do happen.
> > 
> > Do we want to keep that in mind? If so, we might want to keep it as a
> > separate command after all.
> > 
> > OTOH, it could be said that silently ignoring unknown messages is a bug.
> > I should probably just fix my implementation instead.
> Even if it is a bug, it does suggest that the payload format should not
> be changed by flags.  For example ignoring flags is a bug for an NBD
> server, but not for a Wireshark protocol dissector.

Agreed. Let's make this a different command then, instead.

< ron> I mean, the main *practical* problem with C++, is there's like a dozen
       people in the world who think they really understand all of its rules,
       and pretty much all of them are just lying to themselves too.
 -- #debian-devel, OFTC, 2016-02-12

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