On Apr 8, 2014, at 18:57 , Dan Kenigsberg <danken(a)redhat.com> wrote:
On Tue, Apr 08, 2014 at 06:52:50AM -0400, Francesco Romani wrote:
> Hello VDSM developers,
Please use devel@ovirt, and mention "vdsm" at the subject. This thread
in particular involves Engine as well.
> I'd like to discuss and explain the plans for cleaning up Vm.getStats()
> in vdsm/virt/vm.py, and how it affects a bug we have:
> Let's start from the bug.
> To make a long story short, there is a (small) race in VDSM, probably introduced by
> The race can actually be triggered only if the VM is shutting down, so it is not that
> Fixing the reported issue in the specific case can be done with a trivial if, and
that it what I did
> in my initial http://gerrit.ovirt.org/#/c/25803/1/vdsm/vm.py,cm
Could you explain how an AttributeError there moved the VM to Down?
> However, this is just a bandaid and a proper solution is needed. This is the reason
> the following versions of http://gerrit.ovirt.org/#/c/25803
changed direction toward
a more comprehensive
> And this is the core of the issue.
> My initial idea is to either return success and a complete, well formed statistics
set, or return an error.
> However current engine seems to not cope properly with this, and we cannot break
Would you be more precise? If getAllVmStats returns an errCode for one
of the Vms, what happens?
VM moves to Unknown after some time
> Looks like the only way to go is to always return success and to add a field to
describe the content of the
> statistics (partial, complete...). THis is admittedly a far cry from the ideal
solution, but it is dictated
> by the need to preserve the compatibility with current/old engines.
I don't think that I understand your suggestion, but it does not sound
right to send a partial dictionary and to "appologize" about its
paritiality elsewhere. The dictionary may be "partial" for engine-4.0
yet "complete" for engine-3.5. It's not for Vdsm to grade its own
> Moreover, I would like to take the chance and cleanup/refactor the statistics
collection. I already started
> adding the test infrastructure: http://gerrit.ovirt.org/#/c/26536/
> To summarize, what I suggest to do is:
> * fix https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1073478
using a simple ugly fix
like the original
(which I'll resubmit as new
> * refactor and clean getStats() and friends
> * on the cleaner base, properly fix the statistics collection by let getStats()
always succeed and return
> possibly partial stats, with a new field describing the content
> please note that I'm not really happy about this solution, but, given the
constraint, I don't see better
Please explain the benefits of describing the partial content, as I do
not see them.
the main reason for me is that currently if we fail to fetch some parts of the stats we
still return what we could get. E.g.
currently in engine we can only tell it's partial by not seeing the missing bits…
it makes sense since for lifecycle decisions we care for the VM status, but we don't
necessarily care for other stuff