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[Xen-devel] Xen 4.4, xenstored and WATCH requests

Hello list,

I’m working on a Python client library for XenStore [1]. The library implements 
two ways to access XenStore: via Unix socket and via /dev.  The /dev interface 
turned out to be a bit problematic, because it ignores the req_id field for 
WATCH requests.

The spec [2] requires all responses (except WATCH_EVENT) to copy req_id from 
request. So I wonder if it’s possible that the behaviour I observe is in fact a 
bug in xenstored?

Below is a Python script demonstrating the issue:

    import os
    import struct

    WATCH = 4
    WRITE = 11

    def send_packet(fd, op, rq_id, tx_id, payload):
        data = struct.pack(b"IIII", op, rq_id, tx_id, len(payload)) + payload
        os.write(fd, data)

    def print_reply(fd):
        op, rq_id, tx_id, size = struct.unpack(b"IIII", os.read(fd, 16))
        payload = os.read(fd, size) if size else b""
        print(op, rq_id, tx_id, payload)

    fd = os.open("/dev/xen/xenbus", os.O_RDWR)
        send_packet(fd, WRITE, 24, 0, b"/foo\x00bar\x00")
        print_reply(fd)  # ACK for WRITE with rq_id = 24.
        send_packet(fd, WATCH, 42, 0, b"/foo\x00token\x00")
        print_reply(fd)  # Spurious (?) WATCH_EVENT.
        print_reply(fd)  # ACK for WATCH with rq_id = 0.

Example output:

    (11, 24, 0, 'OK\x00')
    (15, 4294967295, 892960384, '/foo\x00token\x00')
    (4, 0, 0, 'OK\x00')

I’m running Xen 4.4 on Ubuntu 14.04 inside VirtualBox.

$ uname -a
Linux xen-devel 3.19.0-25-generic #26~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jul 24 21:16:20 
UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux


[1]: http://github.com/selectel/pyxs
[2]: http://xenbits.xen.org/docs/4.4-testing/misc/xenstore.txt

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