nbd_get_export_description - Man Page

return the export description, if the server has one

Synopsis

 #include <libnbd.h>

 char * nbd_get_export_description (struct nbd_handle *h);

Description

The NBD protocol permits a server to report an optional export description.  This function reports any description returned by the server.

Some servers are unlikely to report a description unless the client specifically hinted about wanting it, via nbd_set_full_info(3). For qemu-nbd(8), a description is set with -D.

Return Value

This call returns a string.  The caller must free the returned string to avoid a memory leak.

Errors

On error NULL is returned.

Refer to “ERROR HANDLING” in libnbd(3) for how to get further details of the error.

Handle State

The handle must be negotiating, or connected with the server, or shut down, otherwise this call will return an error.

Version

This function first appeared in libnbd 1.4.

If you need to test if this function is available at compile time check if the following macro is defined:

 #define LIBNBD_HAVE_NBD_GET_EXPORT_DESCRIPTION 1

Example

This example is also available as examples/server-flags.c in the libnbd source code.

 /* This example shows how to connect to an NBD
  * server and print the export flags.
  *
  * You can test it with nbdkit like this:
  *
  * nbdkit -U - memory 1M \
  *   --run './server-flags $unixsocket'
  */
 
 #include <stdio.h>
 #include <stdlib.h>
 
 #include <libnbd.h>
 
 int
 main (int argc, char *argv[])
 {
   struct nbd_handle *nbd;
   char *str;
   int flag;
 
   if (argc != 2) {
     fprintf (stderr, "%s socket\n", argv[0]);
     exit (EXIT_FAILURE);
   }
 
   /* Create the libnbd handle. */
   nbd = nbd_create ();
   if (nbd == NULL) {
     fprintf (stderr, "%s\n", nbd_get_error ());
     exit (EXIT_FAILURE);
   }
 
   /* Request full information. */
 #if LIBNBD_HAVE_NBD_SET_FULL_INFO /* Added in 1.4 */
   if (nbd_set_full_info (nbd, true) == -1) {
     fprintf (stderr, "%s\n", nbd_get_error ());
     exit (EXIT_FAILURE);
   }
 #endif
 
   /* Connect to the NBD server over a
    * Unix domain socket.
    */
   if (nbd_connect_unix (nbd, argv[1]) == -1) {
     fprintf (stderr, "%s\n", nbd_get_error ());
     exit (EXIT_FAILURE);
   }
 
   /* See if the server provided extra details,
    * using functions added in 1.4
    */
 #if LIBNBD_HAVE_NBD_GET_EXPORT_DESCRIPTION
   str = nbd_get_canonical_export_name (nbd);
   if (str)
     printf ("canonical_name = %s\n", str);
   free (str);
   str = nbd_get_export_description (nbd);
   if (str)
     printf ("description = %s\n", str);
   free (str);
 #endif
 
   /* Read and print the flags. */
 #define PRINT_FLAG(flag_fn)                     \
   flag = flag_fn (nbd);                         \
   if (flag == -1) {                             \
     fprintf (stderr, "%s\n", nbd_get_error ()); \
     exit (EXIT_FAILURE);                        \
   }                                             \
   printf (#flag_fn " = %s\n",                   \
           flag ? "true" : "false");
 
   PRINT_FLAG (nbd_can_cache);
   PRINT_FLAG (nbd_can_df);
   PRINT_FLAG (nbd_can_flush);
   PRINT_FLAG (nbd_can_fua);
   PRINT_FLAG (nbd_can_multi_conn);
   PRINT_FLAG (nbd_can_trim);
   PRINT_FLAG (nbd_can_zero);
 #if LIBNBD_HAVE_NBD_CAN_FAST_ZERO /* Added in 1.2 */
   PRINT_FLAG (nbd_can_fast_zero);
 #endif
   PRINT_FLAG (nbd_is_read_only);
   PRINT_FLAG (nbd_is_rotational);
 
   /* Close the libnbd handle. */
   nbd_close (nbd);
 
   exit (EXIT_SUCCESS);
 }

See Also

nbd_create(3), nbd_opt_info(3), nbd_set_full_info(3), libnbd(3).

Authors

Eric Blake

Richard W.M. Jones

License

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this library; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA

Referenced By

libnbd(3), libnbd-release-notes-1.4(1), NBD(3), nbd_set_full_info(3).

2020-10-05 libnbd-1.5.4