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Re: [Xen-devel] [RFC PATCH 2/6] libxl: stop using libxl__xs_mkdir() for ~/control/shutdown

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ian Jackson [mailto:Ian.Jackson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: 16 November 2015 17:20
> To: Paul Durrant
> Cc: xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; Stefano Stabellini; Ian Campbell; Wei Liu
> Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 2/6] libxl: stop using libxl__xs_mkdir() for
> ~/control/shutdown
> Paul Durrant writes ("[RFC PATCH 2/6] libxl: stop using libxl__xs_mkdir() for
> ~/control/shutdown"):
> > As documented in docs/misc/xenstore, the XS_MKDIR operation merely
> makes
> > sure a path exists whereas ~/control/shutdown needs to start empty. Also
> > using XS_MKDIR for a node which is never supposed to have children is
> > somewhat counterintuitive.
> The way xenstore doesn't distinguish between leaves and directories is
> unusual but it is part of the xenstore API.  I think users inside
> libxl will have to cope with it anyway.
> > This patch introduces a new libxl__xs_printf_perms() function analogous
> > to libxl__xs_printf() but taking explicit permissions arguments, and then
> > uses this to create an empty ~/control/shutdown node.
> This is a lot of extra boilerplate to clean up one slightly odd call.
> Maybe it would be easier to rename libxl__xs_mkdir to
> libxl__xs_mknode ?  (It's probably too late to rename XS_MKDIR.)

There is still the need to set the path to an empty value though, which is not 
implicitly done by the XS_MKDIR.


> Ian.

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