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Re: [Qemu-devel] Re: NBD server for QEMU images

From: Mark Williamson
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Re: NBD server for QEMU images
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2006 17:45:29 +0000
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> > > It's mostly intended to be used for accessing the files inside QEMU
> > > disk images locally, without having to launch a virtual machine and
> > > accessing then from there.
> >
> > mount -o loop does this.
> How is everybody missing the point? :-)  mount -o loop doesn't mount
> qcow images.

Using dm-userspace (a device mapper with mappings generated by a userspace 
daemon instead of a kernel module) I believe it is possible to mount all 
kinds of weird and wonderful things - including things like qcow.

The patches for dm-userspace are floating around, I think on the device mapper 
and Xen developer's mailing lists.

Of course, this is a Linux-specific solution so an NBD server is probably 
still useful (can other OSes mount NBD?  I assume so...?).

In principle, you could use the NDB server to host storage for physical 
machines too, right?  For instance you could opt for a fairly "thin" setup 
where all user disks are stored separately in qcow format to save space.  
This might be nice for some users of centralised storage systems...


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