[et-mgmt-tools] RFC On importing raw images

Bryan Kearney bkearney at redhat.com
Thu Oct 9 14:58:55 UTC 2008

We are starting to look at more interesting use cases around bringing in 
existing appliances into virt-manager. Joey has some interesting 
questions about driver, but I wanted to bring up an easier one.

Some of public appliances which exist are raw disk images which can 
easily be booted, but have no virt-image xml file. The user can of 
course manually create the file, but I think it would be nice to have 
the tooling help this. I could see one of the following solutions. Can 
folks pipe in with comments on these or another approach?

(1) Create an "interactive" mode for virt-image which prompts the user.
(2) Modify virt-image to allow for all data normally the xml to be 
passed at command line (example, add a --imagefile parameter)
(3)Create a simple pre-processor to achieve 1 or 2 above.

-- bk

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