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[libvirt] Initial working Mac OS X libvirt client build



Hi all,

This is for anyone using the Homebrew package management system on Mac OS X. :)

A first working (but still experimental) libvirt formula is online:

  http://github.com/justinclift/libvirt

It includes the libvirt text mode client (virsh), and the libvirt development libraries.

If you have time to test it and report success/failure/(etc), please do.

Be aware, for the moment, it pulls down a tarred up snapshot of libvirt git, with a few trivial patches applied to make compiling work:

What works:

  + Remote connections using TLS (qemu+tls://)  <-- encrypted
  + Remote connections using TCP (qemu+tls://)  <-- not encrypted!

What doesn't work:

  + Remote connections using SSH (qemu+ssh://), if the server has
    PolicyKit enabled. (possible bug, will look into it)

    In theory, this means connecting to Ubuntu server should work,
    as that uses groups to control access rather than PolicyKit.
    Haven't tried it though, so if you do, please let me know how
    it goes. ;)

Testing and feedback is encouraged. The aim here is to have the libvirt client (virsh) plus development libraries work properly on OS X.

Please note, I'm new to OS X, github, and Homebrew, so if you notice things that should be done better/differently/etc, please let me know. :)

Regards and best wishes,

Justin Clift


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