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       ganeti-os-interface - specifications for guest OS types


       The  method of supporting guest operating systems in Ganeti is to have,
       for each guest OS type, a directory containing  a  number  of  required


       There   are   five  required  files:  create,  import,  export,  rename
       (executables) and ganeti_api_version (text file).

       create -i instance_name -b blockdev_sda -s blockdev_sdb

       The create command is used for creating a new instance from scratch.

       The argument to the -i option is the FQDN of  the  instance,  which  is
       guaranteed  to  resolve  to  an  IP  address.  The create script should
       configure the instance according to this name. It can configure the  IP
       statically or not, depending on the deployment environment.

       The -b and -s options denote the block devices which will be visible in
       the instance as sda and sdb. The sda block device should  be  used  for
       the  root  disk  (and  will  be  passed  as  the  root device for Linux
       kernels). The sdb device should be setup for swap usage.

       import -i instance_name -b blockdev_sda -s blockdev_sdb

       The import command is used for restoring an instance from a  backup  as
       done by export. The arguments are the same as for create and the output
       of the export will be provided on stdin.

       export -i instance_name -b blockdev_sda

       This command is used in order to make a backup  of  the  instance.  The
       command  should  write  to stdout a dump of the given block device. The
       output of this program will be passed to the import command.

       The options have the same meaning as for create and  import,  with  the
       exception that the argument to -i denotes an existing instance.

       rename -o old_name -n new_name -b blockdev_sda -s blockdev_sdb

       This  command  is  used in order to perform a rename at the instance OS
       level, after the instance has  been  renamed  in  Ganeti.  The  command
       should  do  whatever  steps are required to ensure that the instance is
       updated to use the new name, if the operating system supports it.

       Note that it is acceptable for the rename script to do nothing at  all,
       however  be warned that in this case, there will be a desynchronization
       between what gnt-instance list shows you and the actual hostname of the

       A  very simple rename script should at least change the hostname and IP
       address of the instance, leaving the administrator to update the  other

       The ganeti_api_version file is a plain text file containing the version
       of the guest OS api that this OS definition complies with. The  version
       documented  by this man page is 5, so this file must contain the number
       5 followed by a newline.


       All the scripts should display an usage  message  when  called  with  a
       wrong number of arguments or when the first argument is -h or --help.

       The  rename  script has been added. If you don’t want to do any changes
       on the instances after a rename, you can migrate the OS  definition  to
       version 5 by creating the rename script simply as:


       exit 0

       Note that the script must be executable.


       Report   bugs   to  or  contact  the
       developers using the ganeti mailing list <>.


       Ganeti  overview  and  specifications:  ganeti(7)  (general  overview),
       ganeti-os-interface(7) (guest OS definitions).

       Ganeti  commands:  gnt-cluster(8)  (cluster-wide commands), gnt-node(8)
       (node-related commands), gnt-instance(8) (instance commands), gnt-os(8)
       (guest  OS commands).  gnt-backup(8) (instance import/export commands).

       Ganeti  daemons:  ganeti-watcher(8)  (automatic  instance   restarter),
       ganeti-noded(8)  (node  daemon),  ganeti-master(8)  (the master startup


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