NAME

libguestfs-test-tool - Diagnostics for libguestfs

SYNOPSIS

 libguestfs-test-tool [--options]

DESCRIPTION

libguestfs-test-tool is a test program shipped with libguestfs to allow you to check basic libguestfs functionality is working. This is needed because libguestfs occasionally breaks for reasons beyond our control: usually because of changes in the underlying qemu or kernel packages, or the host environment.

If you suspect a problem in libguestfs, then just run:

 libguestfs-test-tool

It will print lots of diagnostic messages.

If it runs to completion successfully, you will see this near the end:

 ===== TEST FINISHED OK =====

and the test tool will exit with code 0.

If it fails (and/or exits with non-zero error code), please paste the complete, unedited output of the test tool into a bug report. More information about reporting bugs can be found on the http://libguestfs.org/ website.

OPTIONS

--help

Display short usage information and exit.

--qemu qemu_binary

If you have downloaded another qemu binary, point this option at the full path of the binary to try it.

--qemudir qemu_source_dir

If you have compiled qemu from source, point this option at the source directory to try it.

-t N
--timeout N

Set the launch timeout to N seconds. The default is 600 seconds (10 minutes) which does not usually need to be adjusted.

-V
--version

Display the libguestfs version number and exit.

TRYING OUT A DIFFERENT VERSION OF QEMU

If you have compiled another version of qemu from source and would like to try that, then you can use the --qemudir option to point to the qemu source directory.

If you have downloaded a qemu binary from somewhere, use the --qemu option to point to the binary.

Note when using these options, you can ignore the business of qemu wrapper scripts ("QEMU WRAPPERS" in guestfs(3)), since libguestfs-test-tool writes a wrapper script for you if one is needed.

TRYING OUT A DIFFERENT KERNEL

If you are using supermin / febootstrap ≥ 3.8 then you can select which kernel libguestfs tries. You do this by setting the environment variables SUPERMIN_KERNEL and/or SUPERMIN_MODULES (FEBOOTSTRAP_KERNEL and FEBOOTSTRAP_MODULES if still using the old febootstrap 3.21 program).

Refer to "ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES" in supermin(1) for further information.

TRYING OUT A DIFFERENT VERSION OF LIBVIRT

To find out which backend is the default in your libguestfs package, do:

 unset LIBGUESTFS_BACKEND
 guestfish get-backend

If you are using the libvirt backend, then you can try out a different (eg. upstream) version of libvirt by running these commands (not as root):

 killall libvirtd lt-libvirtd
 ~/path/to/libvirt/run libguestfs-test-tool

The first command kills any session libvirtd process(es) that may be running on the machine. The second command uses libvirt's run script (in the top-level libvirt build directory) to set some environment variables so that the alternate version of libvirt is used to run the program.

TRYING OUT WITH / WITHOUT LIBVIRT

To find out which backend is the default in your libguestfs package, do:

 unset LIBGUESTFS_BACKEND
 guestfish get-backend

If you are using the libvirt backend, you can try without (ie. libguestfs directly launching qemu) by doing:

 export LIBGUESTFS_BACKEND=direct

Or if you are using the default (direct) backend, then you can try libvirt:

 export LIBGUESTFS_BACKEND=libvirt

or with libvirt and a specific libvirt URI:

 export LIBGUESTFS_BACKEND=libvirt:qemu:///session

TRYING OUT DIFFERENT SELINUX SETTINGS

To find out which backend is the default in your libguestfs package, do:

 unset LIBGUESTFS_BACKEND
 guestfish get-backend

To find out if SELinux is being used, do:

 getenforce

If you are using libvirt, SELinux and sVirt, then you can try to see if changing SELinux to "permissive" mode makes any difference. Use this command as root:

 setenforce Permissive

If this makes a difference, look in the audit logs for recent failures ("AVCs"):

 ausearch -m avc -ts recent

You can convert AVCs into suggested SELinux policy rules using tools like audit2allow(1). For more information, see the "Security Enhanced Linux User Guide".

To reenable SELinux and sVirt, do:

 setenforce Enforcing

SELF-DIAGNOSIS

Refer to "APPLIANCE BOOT PROCESS" in guestfs(3) to understand the messages produced by libguestfs-test-tool and/or possible errors.

EXIT STATUS

libguestfs-test-tool returns 0 if the tests completed without error, or 1 if there was an error.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES

For the full list of environment variables which may affect libguestfs, please see the guestfs(3) manual page.

SEE ALSO

guestfs(3), http://libguestfs.org/, http://qemu.org/.

AUTHORS

Richard W.M. Jones (rjones at redhat dot com)

COPYRIGHT

Copyright (C) 2009-2014 Red Hat Inc.

LICENSE

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA.

BUGS

To get a list of bugs against libguestfs, use this link: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/buglist.cgi?component=libguestfs&product=Virtualization+Tools

To report a new bug against libguestfs, use this link: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/enter_bug.cgi?component=libguestfs&product=Virtualization+Tools

When reporting a bug, please supply: