Correctly installing / configuring locally built qemu / libvirt

On Ubuntu 18.04, the default installation of qemu is something like version 3, and I needed virtiofs which has built-in support in later versions. So I uninstalled the qemu and related packages, downloaded the qemu 5.0 sources and complied it locally.

All worked well, including make install, which put the binaries in /usr/local/ which I guess is the correct default unless told otherwise.

Most things are working OK, but I’m now trying to get graceful shutdown / restart of guests working when the host is restarted, and have hit 2 snags so far.

  1. On host startup, I would see /usr/local/libexec/libvirt-guests.sh: 29: .: Can't open /usr/local/bin/gettext.sh. Of course, that’s not where getttext.sh normally lives, but I can get round that by ln -s /usr/bin/gettext.sh /usr/local/bin/gettext.sh
  2. No failure message there now, but later in the host boot logs I see libvirt-guests.sh[2166]: touch: cannot touch '/usr/local/var/lock/subsys/libvirt-guests': No such file or directory

I could go on symlinking things so they appear accessible to libvirt, but I’m wondering if the correct fix is actually to install qemu where it expects to be.

So, first question, is reinstalling the right approach, or have I just missed some basic configuration which would leave the local package where it is, but allow everything to work as expected?

If not, I guess I will have to run ./configure --prefix=/usr and rebuild, but how could I remove the currently installed version in /usr/local/ cleanly first? And, I’d ideally like to keep my current VM configurations. Searching for an XML file for a particular domain, I see 2 versions:

# find / -name 07x2.xml
/usr/local/var/run/libvirt/qemu/07x2.xml
/usr/local/etc/libvirt/qemu/07x2.xml

I’m not sure why there are 2, but I guess I could just virsh dumpxml before removing anything.

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Author: dsl101

How do remove the default storage pool from a libvirt hypervisor, so that even after libvirtd restarts there is NO storage pool

I want to remove the default storage pool from my virt-manager AND NOT HAVE IT COME BACK BY ITSELF, EVER. I can destroy it and undefine it all I want, but when i restart libvirtd (for me thats “sudo systemctl restart libvirtd” in an arch linux terminal window), and restart virt-manager, the default storage pool is back, just like Frankenstein.

I don’t want a storage pool of any kind. I simply want to move from the dual-boot I have now (arch linux and windows) to running the two OS simultaneously. I intend to provision two physical disk partitions on the host to be disks on the guest, and I can do this via the xml that defines the domain.

Or am i required to have a storage pool no matter what?

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Author: Scott Petrack