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Re: [Libguestfs] Fwd: Re: VirtFS Query

On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 09:19:03PM +0530, Harsh Bora wrote:
> Richard, FYI.
> On Wed, 28 Sep 2011 17:05:42 +0530, Harsh Bora
> <harsh linux vnet ibm com> wrote:
> >Hi Aneesh,
> >
> >Richard asked me if we have any plans to provide a solution for this use
> >case:
> >
> >https://www.redhat.com/archives/libguestfs/2011-September/msg00089.html
> >
> >IIUC, VirtFS as a rootfs is targeted towards this requirement only,
> >right? Any inputs ?
> >
> The right way to do this is to use a export path /guest and bind mount
> needed directories within. VirtFS just export /guest and everything
> works out easily. I already have autotest driving virtFS as root. So
> that works easily

That's not going to work for us.

Firstly bind mounting requires root, which is no good for libguestfs.

Secondly there are no directories that we could bind mount.  We really
need the flexibility outlined in that email.  Just two examples of
this (there are more):

 - /usr/sbin in the appliance is not the same as /usr/sbin on the
   host.  The appliance version should contain a subset of the host
   directory, plus at least one extra binary (/usr/sbin/guestfsd).

 - Because /etc files on the host can be arbitrarily modified, we need
   to construct our own /etc directory, with files from the host and
   files that we supply.

What's may help here is some sort of plugin or passthrough mechanism
letting us add our own 9p server/plugin without pushing all the
complexity we need into qemu sources.

More here:


Richard Jones, Virtualization Group, Red Hat http://people.redhat.com/~rjones
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