[fedora-virt] libguestfs under Debian / Ubuntu

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Thu Jun 11 20:44:17 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 06:09:50PM +0200, Tim Tassonis wrote:
> Hi all
> Just came across libguestfs and, as a qemu user, this project really  
> sound fantastic to me.
> However, when I tried to compile the latest tarball, I failed,  mainly  
> because of the inavalability of febootstrap, which obviously does not  
> exist under ubuntu, and cannot be installed due to the lack of yum under  
> ubuntu at least.

yum, rpm and febootstrap _are_ in Debian (as of last week), so it'll
be in Ubuntu soon enough.

I've got some packages of febootstrap and libguestfs which you can try


The febootstrap package is reasonable.  The libguestfs packaging is a
bit crap, although it does work.

> Is debian support planned, or is libguestfs designed to be a fedora-only  
> project?

We definitely want to support other distros (not just Debian).

Guido Gunter, who I think is on this list, contacted me about doing a
pure Debian port of libguestfs using debootstrap.


Richard Jones, Emerging Technologies, Red Hat  http://et.redhat.com/~rjones
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