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Re: General question about parsing an rbd filename

From: Markus Armbruster
Subject: Re: General question about parsing an rbd filename
Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2021 16:27:46 +0200
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Connor Kuehl <ckuehl@redhat.com> writes:

> Hi,
> block/rbd.c hints that:
>>  * Configuration values containing :, @, or = can be escaped with a
>>  * leading "\".
> Right now, much of the parsing code will allow anyone to escape
> _anything_ so long as it's preceded by '\'.
> Is this the intended behavior? Or should the parser be updated to
> allow escaping only certain sequences.

I can't answer this question, but perhaps I can get us a bit closer to
an answer.

The commend you quoted in part is about "rbd:" pseudo-filenames.

By "parsing code", you probably mean qemu_rbd_parse_filename().  It uses
qemu_rbd_next_tok() to split off one part after the other, stopping at a
special delimiter character, and qemu_rbd_unescape() to unescape most,
but not all parts.

Both treat '\' followed by a character other than '\0' specially.
qemu_rbd_next_tok() doesn't stop at an escaped delimiter character.
qemu_rbd_unescape() unescapes escaped characters.

I believe the comment you quoted is basically trying to say "to use a
character that would normally be a delimiter, escape it with '\'".  It
doesn't say these are the only characters you may escape.

Not unescaping some parts feels iffy to me.

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