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Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFC] Defining firmware (OVMF, et al) metadata format &

From: Laszlo Ersek
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFC] Defining firmware (OVMF, et al) metadata format & file
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 19:28:01 +0200
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On 03/08/18 11:17, Daniel P. Berrangé wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 08, 2018 at 08:52:45AM +0100, Gerd Hoffmann wrote:
>>   Hi,
>>>> [*] Open question: Who, between QEMU and libvirt, should define the said
>>>> firmware metadata format and file?
>>> IMHO QEMU should be defining the format, because the file will contain
>>> info about certain QEMU features associated with the firmware (eg smm).
>>> Also there are potentially other non-libvirt mgmt apps that spawn QEMU
>>> which would like this info (eg libguestfs), so having libvirt define the
>>> format is inappropriate.
>>> I'd suggest we just need something in docs/specs/firmware-metadata.rst
>>> for QEMU source tree.
>>> Potentially QEMU could even use the metadata files itself for finding
>>> the default firmeware images, instead of compiling this info into its
>>> binaries. I wouldn't suggest we need todo that right away, but bear it
>>> in mind as a potential use case.
>> With qemu using this itself in mind it probably makes sense to specify
>> this as qapi schema.  That'll simplify parsing and using these files in
>> qemu, and possibly simplifies things on the libvirt side too.
> I was thinking of an 'ini' style format, similar to that used by systemd
> unit files, but a JSON format file is a nicer fit with QEMU & Libvirt if
> we describe it with qapi.

I've created an RFC-level "qapi/firmware.json" schema file, based on
this discussion. It "builds", and the generated documentation looks
acceptable, superficially speaking.

Before I post "qapi/firmware.json" for getting comments, I'd like to
write JSON text that (a) describes firmware that I use, and (b) conforms
to the schema. IOW, I'd like to validate whether the schema is good
enough for describing at least such firmware that I know.

Is there a tool that generates example JSON objects from a given schema?
I vaguely recall there used to be one. Otherwise, writing the examples
manually looks arduous (and I wouldn't know how to verify them against
the schema).


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