[Libguestfs] ANNOUNCE: libguestfs 1.0.64 released

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Thu Jul 23 11:43:45 UTC 2009

I'm pleased to announce the release of libguestfs 1.0.64, the library
for accessing and modifying virtual machine disk images.

Homepage:      http://libguestfs.org/
Downloads:     http://libguestfs.org/download/
Git repo:      http://git.et.redhat.com/?p=libguestfs.git
Fedora builds: http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/packageinfo?packageID=8391

NOTE at present there is a bug in qemu's vmchannel which stops
libguestfs from working correctly with the very latest qemu from git.
Use a stable 0.10.X version, or apply this patch:

(These release notes include changes since the previous announcement,
which was for 1.0.59)

 * New tool: virt-cat.  This tool lets you copy out files from a
   guest.  See this page for some interesting and unexpected uses:

 * Added libguestfs-test-tool which is a tool you can use to
   diagnose qemu / kernel booting problems, and also make bug
   reports more useful.

 * [Sys::Guestfs::Lib] split $os->{version} into $os->{major_version}
   and $os->{minor_version}.  Add feature tags. (Matt Booth).

 * Allow TMPDIR to be used to override the location of temporary files.

 * Implement the guestfs_read_file call.

 * New calls guestfs_mkmountpoint and guestfs_rmmountpoint to allow
   some specialized read-only or nested filesystems to be mounted,
   particularly for examining live CDs.

 * New call guestfs_mountpoints to return a hash of device -> mountpoint.

 * Many documentation fixes, including an "API Overview" section
   which will help developers navigate parts of the now very large
   libguestfs API.

 * Add ~ and ~username expansion in guestfish (RHBZ#511372).

 * Add kernel modules for reading DOS filesystems (Guido Gunther).

 * Add i18n support for Perl strings.

Bugs fixed:

 * Fix guestfish -i / virt-inspector when working with libvirt domain
   names, so now 'guestfish -i libvirtdom' really works.

 * Detect renamed guestfwd support for vmchannel in upstream qemu.

 * Always pass noapic on kernel command line (workaround for RHBZ#502058)

 * Workaround for udev timeouts.

 * Check /usr/libexec for qemu binary, for RHEL 5.4.

 * Multiple fixes for non-srcdir builds.


Richard Jones, Emerging Technologies, Red Hat  http://et.redhat.com/~rjones
virt-top is 'top' for virtual machines.  Tiny program with many
powerful monitoring features, net stats, disk stats, logging, etc.

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