[libvirt] Question on xm and virsh listing

Nikolai K. Bochev n.bochev at grandstarco.com
Sat Apr 24 19:49:51 UTC 2010

AFAIK, virt list shows only running guests. Not sure how xm list behaves, but if it shows offline ( not running ) guests, that's where the difference can be. To achieve the same with virsh use "virsh list --all". Also i'd guess that if a xen guest was not create with virsh/virt-manager/virt-install , virsh won't know about it and won't show it in virsh list.

----- Original Message -----
I'd like to understand the exact mechanism for retrieving the list of
guests by xm/xend and virsh/libvirt.In what situations could the output
of 'xm list' differ from 'virsh list'?Which of these two is more

I'd appreciate any pointers.



Nikolai K. Bochev 
System Administrator 

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