Problems with using KVM/python-vm-builder on Intrepid

Dan Sheffner thesheff17 at
Mon Feb 9 18:16:57 UTC 2009

can you just do:

virsh -c qemu:///system

and does that connect to the console?  If it doesn't you may be missing some packages.

----- Original Message ----
From: Stefan Undorf <stefan at>
To: ubuntu-server at
Sent: Saturday, February 7, 2009 8:21:09 PM
Subject: Problems with using KVM/python-vm-builder on Intrepid


I am a complete newbee to KVM. I followed the guide to
crete a virtual server machine of JeOS. I specified the follwing commands
  sudo vmbuilder kvm ubuntu --domain test --dest test --suite intrepid
--flavour virtual --arch i386  -o --libvirt qemu:///system --user test
--name Test --pass test --firstboot --firstlogin --ip --mask --net --bcast --gw --tmpfs -
and I get a directory test with a file disk0.qcow2.

Now I do not know how to proceed. In the directory is exists no shell
script like some tutorials state, so I tried
virsh -c qemu:///system start test and virsh -c qemu:///system start
test/disk0.qcow2 but get an error:
Connecting to uri: qemu:///system
libvir: QEMU error : Domain not found
error: failed to get domain 'test'

1. Do I have created a VM? I am not really sure about this.
2. How can VMs be started?
3. Does anybody know what the --domain parameter of vmbuilder is? What
kind of domain is this?
4. I do not understand the difference between the --ip and --net
parameters of vmbuilder. Is there a difference?


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