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Re: [libvirt] Using libvirt to obtain mac address of virtual domain

On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 11:30:12PM -0500, Charles Duffy wrote:
> Daniel Berteaud wrote:
>> If you need to get the mac address from bash, you can use this:
>> virsh dumpxml myguest | grep 'mac address' | cut -d\' -f2
>> You'll get one mac address per line (one line per NIC on the guest)
> An alternate approach which doesn't depend on the specific manner in  
> which the XML is pretty-printed follows:
> virsh dumpxml myguest \
>   | xmlstarlet sel -t \
>       -m "/domain/devices/interface[ type='network']/mac" \
>       -v '@address' \
>       -n
> This does add an external dependency (see http://xmlstar.sf.net/), but I  
> find XMLStarlet useful in conjunction with libvirt in other cases -- for  
> instance, for programatically adding or modifying devices within the  
> domain XML.

  Agreed, its cleaner !
I added a --xpath option to xmllint to allow
   virsh dumpxml myguest | xmllint --xpath "//interface[ type='network']/mac"
but I commited this last week only so it's not yet in any libxml2
release. When libxml2-2.7.7 or successors are out then this may be
sufficient (but less complete than XMLStarlet !)


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