[virt-tools-list] RFC: virt-manager: VM clone wizard

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Mon Jul 20 17:16:04 UTC 2009

On Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 01:11:29PM -0400, Cole Robinson wrote:
> Hi all,
> The attached patch adds a small wizard for cloning a VM. A screenshot of
> the overview:
> http://fedorapeople.org/~crobinso/virt-manager/clone-post/vmm-clone-overview.png
> The wizard will generate a new VM name (usually <orig-name>-clone), new
> storage paths as required, and MAC addresses. Storage is marked as
> one of:
> - Shared: Original and clone VM point to the same disk image
> - Clone : Actually copy the original storage for use by the clone
> Storage like removable media (cdrom, floppy), readonly or shareable
> disks will be 'Shared' by default.
> The storage drop down has a 'Details' choice:
> http://fedorapeople.org/~crobinso/virt-manager/clone-post/vmm-clone-dropdown.png
> This brings up a small dialog which allows changing the new disk path:
> http://fedorapeople.org/~crobinso/virt-manager/clone-post/vmm-clone-storage-details.png
> There is also a similar dialog for changing MAC addresses.
> If we can't clone storage (maybe lack of permissions, or remote
> unmanaged storage, older libvirt), we still allow cloning the VM, but
> force the offending disks into 'Shared' mode. In the case of sharing a
> read/write disk, we give a clear warning that this may result in
> overwriting the original image.

IMHO, we should simply disallow that. Users would expect that
cloning a guest is guarneteed to not impact the original. If
we can't guarentee that, we should refuse to clone it. Swiching
a private disk to shared mode is giving a user a loaded gun
with no safety catch & a touch sensitive trigger.

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