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Re: [Nbd] [PATCH] Further tidy-up on block status


Sorry, I forgot to reply to this earlier.

On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 10:10:59AM -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
> On 02/16/2018 07:53 AM, Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy wrote:
> > Good idea. But it would be tricky thing to maintain backward
> > compatibility with published versions of virtuozzo product. And finally
> > our implementation would be more complex because of this simplification.
> > Hm. Finally, you suggested several changes (including already merged
> > 56c77720 :( ). Suggestions are logical. But if they will be accepted, we
> > (Virtuozzo) will have to invent tricky hard-to-maintain code, to
> > distinguish by third factors our already published versions.

Hrm. I wasn't aware you'd already published those versions; if you had
told us, we could've reviewed the spec at that point and either merge it
or update it to incorporate whatever changes you think seem like they
are necessary.

Note that the section "Experimental extensions" contains the following

    In addition to the normative elements of the specification set out
    herein, various experimental non-normative extensions have been
    proposed. These may not be implemented in any known server or
    client, and are subject to change at any point. A full
    implementation may require changes to the specifications, or cause
    the specifications to be withdrawn altogether.


    Implementors of these extensions are strongly suggested to contact
    the mailinglist in order to help fine-tune the specifications before
    committing to a particular implementation.

i.e., what's in an "extension-" branch can be described as "we're
thinking about it and it will probably happen as written, but we're not
entirely sure yet". The idea behind this is that we don't want to limit
ourselves to things that haven't been implemented (but that the fact of
"implementing something" causes it to get written into stone, sortof).

This is different from how most standards bodies work, I'm sure, but it
seemed to work so far, and I wish you had let us know that the work you
were doing was about to be reaching customers. Anyway.

> Also, the Virtuozzo product hasn't been mentioned on the NBD list, and while
> you are preparing patches to the public qemu based on the Virtuozzo product,
> I'm not sure if there is a public repository for the existing Virtuozzo
> product out in the wild.  Is your product using NBD_OPT_LIST_META_CONTEXT,

+1. What's published currently?

> Or, we can revert the change in commit 56c77720, and keep
> NBD_REPLY_TYPE_BLOCK_STATUS at 5 (it leaves a hole in the NBD_REPLY_TYPE
> numbering, where 3 and 4 might be filled in by other future extensions, or
> permanently skipped).  This works IF there are no OTHER incompatible changes
> made to the rest of the block status extension as part of promoting it to
> current (where we still haven't finished that debate, given my question on
> whether 32-bit lengths and colon-separated namespace:leaf in a single string
> is the best representation).
> So, I'd like some feedback from Alex or Wouter on which alternatives seem
> nicest at this point.

I'm thinking that reverting at least the number change seems like a good
idea. If Vladimir can shed some light on what's been published so far,
we can see what damage has been done and try to limit further damage.

It makes no sense to ignore that the spec has been implemented; the
whole point of writing a spec is so that third parties can implement it
and be compatible. If we ignore that just because there was a
misunderstanding, then I think we're throwing away the kid with the

Since I don't think a gap in numbers is that much of a problem, I'm
happy reverting the renumbering part of 56c77720 and keep it at 5. I'd
also like to know what it is exactly that Virtuozzo implemented, so we
can update the extension-blockstatus (if necessary) and then merge that
to master.

However, for future reference, Vladimir, I would prefer it if you could
give us a heads-up if you're getting close to releasing something to
the public that's still in an experimental branch, so that we can make
updates if necessary and merge it to master.


Could you people please use IRC like normal people?!?

  -- Amaya Rodrigo Sastre, trying to quiet down the buzz in the DebConf 2008

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