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

From: Kevin Wolf
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] storing machine data in qcow images?
Date: Thu, 24 May 2018 17:08:17 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.9.1 (2017-09-22)

Am 24.05.2018 um 16:56 hat Michael S. Tsirkin geschrieben:
> 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?

Yes. Don't worry about where to store it, we'll solve this. Do worry
about what to store.

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

You're looking at the qcow1 header. qcow2 has mechanisms to extend the
metadata, including compatible and incompatible feature flags and a
header_length field.


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