[virt-tools-list] Virt-convert

Mike Hall MHall at astc.nt.gov.au
Mon Nov 1 07:33:58 UTC 2010

Having trouble converting VMX to Virt-image.

CentOS 5.5, python-virtinst-0.400.3-9.el5

Running this command with all sorts of variations on path names (absolute/relative) ...

virt-convert -i vmx -o virt-image -D qcow2 --hvm --os-type=linux Smoothwall Smoothwall2

... Invariably produces an error message like this:

Generating output in 'virt-image' format to /data/
Converting disk 'Smoothwall.vmdk' to type qcow2...
ERROR    Couldn't convert disks: Disk conversion failed with exit status 256: qemu-img: Could not open '/data/Smoothwall.qcow2'

Similar results using 'qemu-img convert'.

The VMX image (Linux Smoothwall VM) came off an ESXi 4.0 server.

Any suggestions what I'm doing wrong?


Michael Hall
IT Communications Officer
Alice Springs Town Council
mhall at astc.nt.gov.au
(08) 8950 0561

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