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Re: [Libguestfs] supermin appliances and host connectivity



On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 3:06 PM, Joel Uckelman
<joel lightboxtechnologies com> wrote:
> On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM, Richard W.M. Jones <rjones redhat com> wrote:
>> On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 10:28:04PM +0200, Joel Uckelman wrote:
>>> What I'm having trouble with, and the reason I'm writing you, is that
>>> it's not clear to me how much needs to be added to a supermin
>>> appliance built following your instructions to either (1) enable
>>> networking, or (2) create a bidirectional pipe with the host. (Really
>>> all we need is a pipe, networking is actually overkill.)
>>>
>>> Is this making sense? Is there a straightforward way to do this?
>>
>> Yes, that's what we do in libguestfs.  In fact both things: we create
>> a bi-directional pipe, and we optionally enable full IP networking.  I
>> suggest TBH you just look at the code, as that's simpler than me
>> explaining it:
>>
>> http://git.annexia.org/?p=libguestfs.git;a=blob;f=src/launch.c;h=0b15ce98d79fac55032a7e93788f62d0011e8c34;hb=HEAD#l392
>>
>> The key words are "virtio serial" and "user networking".
>
> I think I've fished out the command-line options you send to qemu-kvm:
>
> qemu-kvm -kernel kernel -initrd initrd -hda root -device virtio-serial
> -serial stdio -chardev
> socket,path=/home/uckelman/projects/lightbox/supermin/foo,id=channel0,name=org.libguestfs.channel.0
>
> Thanks for that.
>
> I can definitely run my appliance this way if I already have something
> listening on that FIFO before launching qemu. (E.g.: socat
> UNIX-LISTEN:foo STDOUT) The piece of the puzzle I'm still missing is
> how to connect to the socket from the guest side. I was expecting to
> find something in the guest's /dev, but I have the same entries there
> as before.
>

I think I've fished out the command-line options you send to qemu-kvm:

qemu-kvm -kernel kernel -initrd initrd -hda root -device virtio-serial
-serial stdio -chardev
socket,path=/home/uckelman/projects/lightbox/supermin/foo,id=channel0,name=org.libguestfs.channel.0

Thanks for that.

I can definitely run my appliance this way if I already have something
listening on that FIFO before launching qemu. (E.g.: socat
UNIX-LISTEN:foo STDOUT) The piece of the puzzle I'm still missing is
how to connect to the socket from the guest side. I was expecting to
find something in the guest's /dev, but I have the same entries there
as before.


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