libguestfs news

We rewrote the inspection code in C (originally it was Perl). One advantage to this is you can inspect unknown OS images from any language binding, not just Perl.

Another is that it makes the guestfish -i option both smarter and faster. The following will only work in the latest development version, 1.5.3:

$ guestfish -i -d Debian5x64 --ro

Welcome to guestfish, the libguestfs filesystem interactive shell for
editing virtual machine filesystems.

Type: 'help' for a list of commands
      'man' to read the manual
      'quit' to quit the shell

Operating system: squeeze/sid
/dev/mapper/debian5x64-root mounted on /
/dev/vda1 mounted on /boot
/dev/mapper/debian5x64-home mounted on /home
/dev/mapper/debian5x64-tmp mounted on /tmp
/dev/mapper/debian5x64-usr mounted on /usr
/dev/mapper/debian5x64-var mounted on /var
><fs>

The inspection API is documented in the main manual.

We are also maintaining two stable branches by backporting only conservative bug fixes. libguestfs 1.2.11 is the latest old stable version along the 1.2 branch, and libguestfs 1.4.2 is the latest stable version along the 1.4 branch. (If you want to start using libguestfs and you don’t want the bleeding edge, use 1.4.x).

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  1. Pingback: New features in libguestfs 1.6: Inspect disk images from any programming language « Richard WM Jones

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