[Libguestfs] translating CD-ROM device paths from i440fx to Q35 in virt-v2v (was: test-v2v-cdrom: update the CD-ROM's bus to SATA in the converted domain)
Richard W.M. Jones
rjones at redhat.com
Thu Sep 30 14:01:26 UTC 2021
On Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 12:53:51PM +0100, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 01:12:39PM +0200, Laszlo Ersek wrote:
> > All this requires virt-v2v to parse complete <address> elements from the
> > original domain XML, and to generate complete <address> elements in the
> > destination domain XML. Is that feasible?
Just to put a bit of flesh on these bones, links to the source:
> The input is not always (in fact, hardly ever) full libvirt XML. It's
> input specific to the hypervisor. For VMware it might be:
> - the *.vmx file (the real source of truth) (-i vmx)
Here's the virt-v2v code that can parse either a local or remote (over
ssh) *.vmx file into virt-v2v's internal metadata representation:
Libvirt also has a vmx driver, but I decided not to use it because it
just adds an extra translation step and probably loses fidelity in the
In all cases, the *.vmx file is the source of truth for VMware.
> - partial libvirt XML generated by libvirt's vpx driver, but this is
> derived from information from VMware APIs and ultimately that comes
> from the *.vmx file (-i libvirt -ic esx:// or -ic vpx://)
The libvirt driver:
I've hacked on this one a little bit in the past, and ... it's complicated.
> - the *.ovf file (-i ova)
OVF is a pseudo-standard invented by VMware, but essentially a plot so
they can say they are "standard" when in fact it's just a data dump of
internal VMware structures with no compatibility across software that
generates or consumes OVF.
Here's our OVF parser (for VMware-OVF):
We can also generate OVF, but we generate the RHV-flavour of OVF which
(see above) is not related except that some XML element names overlap.
> - nothing at all! (-i disk)
If you give virt-v2v just a disk then it will invent some metadata:
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