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[PATCH v3 01/21] blockdev: Allow external snapshots everywhere

From: Max Reitz
Subject: [PATCH v3 01/21] blockdev: Allow external snapshots everywhere
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2020 22:44:11 +0100

There is no good reason why we would allow external snapshots only on
the first non-filter node in a chain.  Parent BDSs should not care
whether their child is replaced by a snapshot.  (If they do care, they
should announce that via freezing the chain, which is checked in
bdrv_append() through bdrv_set_backing_hd().)

Before we had bdrv_is_first_non_filter() here (since 212a5a8f095), there
was a special function bdrv_check_ext_snapshot() that allowed snapshots
by default, but block drivers could override this.  Only blkverify did
so, however.

It is not clear to me why blkverify would do so; maybe just so that the
testee block driver would not be replaced.  The introducing commit
f6186f49e2c does not explain why.  Maybe because 08b24cfe376 would have
been the correct solution?  (Which adds a .supports_backing check.)

Signed-off-by: Max Reitz <address@hidden>
Reviewed-by: Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy <address@hidden>
 blockdev.c | 5 -----
 1 file changed, 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/blockdev.c b/blockdev.c
index 4cd9a58d36..d47ed8e569 100644
--- a/blockdev.c
+++ b/blockdev.c
@@ -1596,11 +1596,6 @@ static void external_snapshot_prepare(BlkActionState 
-    if (!bdrv_is_first_non_filter(state->old_bs)) {
-        error_setg(errp, QERR_FEATURE_DISABLED, "snapshot");
-        goto out;
-    }
         BlockdevSnapshotSync *s = action->u.blockdev_snapshot_sync.data;
         const char *format = s->has_format ? s->format : "qcow2";

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