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[Xen-devel] [PATCH] Make XenD SEXPR HTTP/Unix server threaded

I've spent the best part of the afternoon trying to figure out why the
virt-manager application was completely locking up while creating new
domains. The actual domain creation was being done in a background thread
to avoid blocking the main UI refresh thread, but even so it still locks
up. After a little while I discovered that both threads were blocked waiting
for data to come back from XenD, one in the wait_for_devices call, the 
other in a simple /xend/node GET. 

After much code inspection I eventually discovered that the HttpServer class
in xen.web.httpserver  serializes all pocessing of incoming HTTP requests.
Since wait_for_devices was busy waiting for a domain to come up, the
other /xend/node GET was being blocked & hence blocking the whole client
application.  Clearly this is a sub-optimal scenario because wait_for_devices
can take a *very* long time indeed (30 seconds in my case due to network
device setup failing).

I did a very trivial hack to HttpServer class to make it spawn a new thread
for every incoming request which ensures all client requests are fully
parallelized.  Before building this into the Fedora RPMs, I'm just wondering
whether there was any special reason why for HttpServer being single threaded
in the first place ?  I thought perhaps some synchronization / race
conditions perhaps, but given that the alternate XML-RPC server is fully
multi-threaded I figure this is unlikely.

I'm attaching the patch I knocked up - if anyone knows of a reason why this
would cause problems, please shout :-)

  Signed-off-by: Daniel P. Berrange <berrange@xxxxxxxxxx>

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