qemu-img: Unify [-b [-F]] documentation

qemu-img convert documents the backing file and backing format options
as follows:
    [-B backing_file [-F backing_fmt]]
whereas qemu-img create has this:
    [-b backing_file] [-F backing_fmt]

That is, for convert, we document that -F cannot be given without -B,
while for create, way say that they are independent.

Indeed, it is technically possible to give -F without -b, because it is
left to the block driver to decide whether this is an error or not, so
sometimes it is:

$ qemu-img create -f qed -F qed test.qed 64M
Formatting 'test.qed', fmt=qed size=67108864 backing_fmt=qed [...]

And sometimes it is not:

$ qemu-img create -f qcow2 -F qcow2 test.qcow2 64M
Formatting 'test.qcow2', fmt=qcow2 cluster_size=65536 [...]
qemu-img: test.qcow2: Backing format cannot be used without backing file

Generally, it does not make much sense, though, and users should only
give -F with -b, so document it that way, as we have already done for
qemu-img convert (commit 1899bf4737).

Reported-by: Tingting Mao <timao@redhat.com>
Signed-off-by: Hanna Reitz <hreitz@redhat.com>
Message-Id: <20220131135908.32393-1-hreitz@redhat.com>
Signed-off-by: Kevin Wolf <kwolf@redhat.com>
e2k-bsd-user
Hanna Reitz 1 year ago committed by Kevin Wolf
parent cb90ec3a36
commit 111fbd74f6
  1. 2
      docs/tools/qemu-img.rst
  2. 4
      qemu-img-cmds.hx

@ -463,7 +463,7 @@ Command description:
``--skip-broken-bitmaps`` is also specified to copy only the
consistent bitmaps.
.. option:: create [--object OBJECTDEF] [-q] [-f FMT] [-b BACKING_FILE] [-F BACKING_FMT] [-u] [-o OPTIONS] FILENAME [SIZE]
.. option:: create [--object OBJECTDEF] [-q] [-f FMT] [-b BACKING_FILE [-F BACKING_FMT]] [-u] [-o OPTIONS] FILENAME [SIZE]
Create the new disk image *FILENAME* of size *SIZE* and format
*FMT*. Depending on the file format, you can add one or more *OPTIONS*

@ -52,9 +52,9 @@ SRST
ERST
DEF("create", img_create,
"create [--object objectdef] [-q] [-f fmt] [-b backing_file] [-F backing_fmt] [-u] [-o options] filename [size]")
"create [--object objectdef] [-q] [-f fmt] [-b backing_file [-F backing_fmt]] [-u] [-o options] filename [size]")
SRST
.. option:: create [--object OBJECTDEF] [-q] [-f FMT] [-b BACKING_FILE] [-F BACKING_FMT] [-u] [-o OPTIONS] FILENAME [SIZE]
.. option:: create [--object OBJECTDEF] [-q] [-f FMT] [-b BACKING_FILE [-F BACKING_FMT]] [-u] [-o OPTIONS] FILENAME [SIZE]
ERST
DEF("dd", img_dd,

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