From eLinux.org
< R-Car‎ | Virtualization
Revision as of 05:16, 1 February 2018 by Geert (talk | contribs) (Add virsh preparation)
Jump to: navigation, search

Libvirt virtualization API


'virsh' is a commandline interface to libvirt.


Before you can instantiate a guest, you have to create an XML file describing the guest. Fortunately virsh provides a way to convert your QEMU command line invocation into an XML file. E.g.

$ virsh domxml-from-native qemu-argv <(echo /usr/bin/qemu-system-aarch64 -m 1024 -cpu cortex-a57 -M virt \
        -nographic -serial pty -kernel /path/to/linux-arm64-virt/arch/arm64/boot/Image) | \
        sed -e 's/unnamed/demo/' > demo.xml


  • Use an absolute path when referring to the QEMU binary,
  • As libvirt's console doesn't connect to QEMU's stdout, but to a pty, your QEMU command line must include '-serial pty',
  • Make sure 'libvirt-qemu' has permissions to access the kernel Image (and write access to the directory containing it?).

Virsh subcommands