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[Xen-devel] [PATCH] VM-Tool: C-based Xen management tools

We've implemented a set of basic management tools for Xen. The tools are written in C and are currently capable of creating and shutting down domains, connecting to a domain's console, enumerating domains, and attaching VBDs and VIFs to a domain.

The tools are still very rough. This version is pretty much a proof-of-concept. It should not be used in a production environment. In fact, you shouldn't use them with any domains that are important to you. While I've never seen any data corruption caused by the tools there's just not been enough testing yet.

These tools are a product of about a weeks work. There are some missing features including save/restore, migration, and usb/pci virtualation. The reason is that we wanted to get the communities feedback before we went too far.

The tools are not meant to replace Xend but rather provide an alternative toolchain for those that need a reduced management foot print.

The plan is to continue cleaning up the code and submit again to the list as a patch to xen-unstable. We've talked to Mike Wray and we are both eager to make sure that these tools and Xend cooperate as much as possible in the long term.

You can get a copy of the tools at the following URL. xen-unstable is required to use them (they rely on xcs). Feedback is greatly appreciated :-) Nothing is really set in stone.


Anthony Liguori

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