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[Libguestfs] [PATCH 0/4] Add customization capabilities to virt-sysprep



In the TODO file there's a discussion of perhaps writing a new
'virt-customize' tool.  I think it's probably better (or at any rate,
easier) to just add this functionality into virt-sysprep.  That is
what this small series of patches aims to achieve.

Note these are not very well tested at the moment.

The first patch adds a generic and useful '--firstboot' flag.  The
intended use is to add programs/scripts that run at first boot, for
example:

  virt-sysprep -d some_guest \
    --firstboot ./yum-update.sh \
    --firstboot ./add-users.sh

This is implemented by installing a systemd or sysvinit service into
the guest which runs the scripts when the guest boots, deleting them
after they have run.  [Dan: Is the systemd unit correct?]

Patches 2/4 and 3/4 implement another customization: setting the
login screen background image.

When I actually started investigating how to do this, I realized it is
fearsomely complicated because basically every guest type has its own
method to do this, and they even change frequently between versions
(eg. gconf -> dconf, GNOME vs KDE etc).  Since the --firstboot
parameter effectively gives this capability to system administrators
(albeit they need to work out how to do it themselves), I think it may
be a good idea to invest the time making sure --firstboot is
bullet-proof, and *not* implement specific customizations like this.
What do people think?

Patch 4/4 updates the man page to reflect the new capabilities of
virt-sysprep.

Comments welcome.

Rich.


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