[virt-tools-list] Add Connection to Virt-Manager 100% from CLI?

Decker, Schorschi schorschi.decker at bankofamerica.com
Wed Apr 6 15:51:06 UTC 2011

Thanks.  This should help a lot... but I may have more questions later.
Just not a GConf guru.  :)

Schorschi Decker

VP; Sr. Consultant Engineer
ET&D Emerging Technologies / Virtualization Platform Engineering Team
Bank of America

Office 213-345-4714

-----Original Message-----
From: Cole Robinson [mailto:crobinso at redhat.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, 06 April, 2011 08:15
To: Decker, Schorschi
Cc: virt-tools-list at redhat.com
Subject: Re: [virt-tools-list] Add Connection to Virt-Manager 100% from

On 04/06/2011 10:48 AM, Decker, Schorschi wrote:
> Anyone investigate or develop a program or tool to add KVM host 
> connections to Virt-Manager 100% without use of the GUI?  We want to 
> automate Virt-Manager configuration and the one gap we see, is no way 
> to add a KVM host connection to Virt-Manager without some interactive 
> action/task required.  This makes population of KVM host connections 
> impossible via 100% automation.  Just hate to dig into the API, and 
> re-invent the wheel if someone has done this?  A source code example 
> would be nice of how to do it?  Not at libvirt or virt-manager API
> Schorschi

virt-manager uses gconf to store this value, so you can use gconf cli
tools to accomplish this.

To have virt-manager start populated with the uris xen:/// and
qemu:///system, use the command

gconftool-2 --set --type list --list-type string
/apps/virt-manager/connections/uris [xen:///,qemu:///system]

To then have virt-manager autostart qemu:///system on app startup, do

gconftool-2 --set --type list --list-type string
/apps/virt-manager/connections/autoconnect [qemu:///system]

Hope that helps,

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