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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] Add xl domUs default configuration file

On Mon, 6 Jun 2011, Ian Campbell wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-06-06 at 14:30 +0100, Stefano Stabellini wrote:
> > What do you mean? Xl already provides defaults for almost
> > everything...
> > In any case the idea of a default xl config file is not bad.
> Wouldn't something need to read this file for it to be controlling the
> defaults? Would that "something" replace the libxl_*_init and other
> places where the library provides a default? How does this work with
> other toolstacks using libxl?
> Or is this intended to be an xl version of the existing xmexample.*
> files? In which case calling it xlexample.* might help people towards
> this conclusion. Also avoiding the term "default" would help -- a
> default is different to an example.

After Fabio's reply I think that the real intention was to introduce a
new config file to set the default value of most options, across
multiple VMs, in fact replacing all the libxl_*_init functions.
The xend equivalent would be xend-config.sxp.

I think that could probably be done in xl.conf, it is an xl thing more
than a libxl thing. Basically we need to run the parser twice on
xl.conf first and then on the VM config file.

> > > +# Define the disk devices you want the domain to have access to,
> > and
> > > +# what you want them accessible as.
> > > +# For example can be put here a default installation cd.
> > > +# disk = [ 'tap2:aio:/var/images/min-el3-i386.img,hdc:cdrom,r' ]
> > 
> > tap2 shouldn't be the default, probably is better to specify just
> > file: here
> If this file really is supposed to contain defaults and not examples
> then I don't think a default makes sense for this kind of setting.

Yes, indeed. I think it should just be an example.

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