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Re: [Qemu-devel] storing machine data in qcow images?

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] storing machine data in qcow images?
Date: Thu, 24 May 2018 17:56:55 +0300

On Thu, May 24, 2018 at 12:32:51PM +0100, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> There is however a seed of a good idea in the thread:
> > I don't think QEMU needs to use this information automatically,
> > necessarily.  I think the first step is to simply make QEMU save
> > this information in the disk image, and making qemu-img able to
> > read and write this information.
> It would be nice if qcow2 added arbitrary data sections (which would
> always be ignored by qemu) for storing additional data.  This could be
> used to create a compact qcow2 + metadata format to rival OVA for
> management layers to use, and there are various other uses too.
> Rich.

I think this part is pretty uncontroversial.

But can we add data without changing the verion?

typedef struct QCowHeader {
    uint32_t magic;
    uint32_t version;
    uint64_t backing_file_offset;
    uint32_t backing_file_size;
    uint32_t mtime;
    uint64_t size; /* in bytes */
    uint8_t cluster_bits;
    uint8_t l2_bits;
    uint16_t padding;
    uint32_t crypt_method;
    uint64_t l1_table_offset;

How about changing mtime to a flags bitmap?
E.g. 0x1 would mean there's an extended header.

And then:

struct QCowExtHeader {
    uint64_t meta_data_offset;
    uint32_t meta_data_size;
    uint32_t meta_data_format; /* 0x0 - UTF-8 NULL-terminated string */



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