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       vmbuilder - builds virtual machines from the command line


       vmbuilder <hypervisor> <distro> [OPTIONS]...

       <hypervisor>   Hypervisor  image  format.  Valid  options: xen kvm vmw6

       <distro>      Distribution. Valid options: ubuntu


       This  manual  page  documents  the  vmbuilder  command.  vmbuilder is a
       program that builds virtual machines from the  command  line,  but  can
       have other interfaces implemented through its plugin mechanism. You can
       pass command line options  to  add  extra  packages,  remove  packages,
       choose  which  version  of Ubuntu, which mirror etc. On recent hardware
       with plenty of RAM, tmpdir in /dev/shm or using a tmpfs,  and  a  local
       mirror  (see  apt-proxy  or apt-mirror), you can bootstrap a vm in less
       than a minute.


       NOTE:  Only common basic options are described here.  Many options  can
              be  added  through  plugins  and  others,  they  depends  on the
              hypervisor  and  distro  you  specify.   Please  use   vmbuilder
              <hypervisor> <distro> --help for a full options list.

       -h, --help
              Show this help message and exit.

       -c ALTCONFIG --config
              Specify   the   path   to   an   optional   configuration  file.
              [default:None].  /etc/vmbuilder.cfg  and  ~/.vmbuilder.cfg   are
              always read if present. The content of the configuration file is
              explained                                                     at

       -d DEST, --dest DEST
              Specify           the           destination           directory.
              [default:<hypervisor>-<distro>]. Config option: destdir.

              Show (a lot of) debug information

       -v, --verbose
              Show progress information

       -q, --quiet
              Silent operation

       -t TMP, --tmp TMP
              Use  TMP  as  temporary  working  space  for  image  generation.
              Defaults  to  $TMPDIR  if  it  is  defined  or  /tmp  otherwise.
              [default: /tmp]

       --templates DIR
              Prepends     dir     to     template     search     path.    See
              for an example.

       -o, --overwrite
              Force  overwrite  of  destination directory if it already exist.
              [default: False]

              Install directly into the filesystem images. This is  needed  if
              your $TMPDIR is nodev and/or nosuid, but will result in slightly
              larger file system images.

       --tmpfs OPTS
              Use a tmpfs as the working directory, specifying its size or "-"
              to use tmpfs default (suid,dev,size=1G).

       -m MEM, --mem MEM
              Assign MEM megabytes of memory to the guest vm. [default: 128]

       --cpus NUM
              Assign NUM cpus to the guest vm. [default: 1]

   Guest partitioning options
       --part PATH
              Allows  to  specify  a  partition  table  in  PATH  each line of
              partfile should specify (root first):
                      mountpoint size
              one per line, separated by space, where size  is  in  megabytes.
              You  can have up to 4 virtual disks, a new disk starts on a line
              containing only ’---’. ie:
                      root 2000
                      /boot 512
                      swap 1000
                      /var 8000
                      /var/log 2000

       The following three options are not used if --part is specified:

              --rootsize SIZE
                     Size (in MB) of  the  root  filesystem  [default:  4096].
                     Discarded when --part is used.

              --optsize SIZE
                     Size  (in MB) of the /opt filesystem. If not set, no /opt
                     filesystem will be added. Discarded when --part is  used.

              --swapsize SIZE
                     Size  (in  MB)  of  the  swap  partition [default: 1024].
                     Discarded when --part is used.

   Network related options:
       --domain DOMAIN
              Set DOMAIN as the domain name of the guest. Default: The  domain
              of the machine running this script.

       --ip ADDRESS
              IP address in dotted form [default: dhcp]

       Options below are discarded if --ip is not specified
              --mask  VALUE  IP  mask  in  dotted  form  [default: based on ip

              --net ADDRESS
                     IP net address in  dotted  form  [default:  based  on  ip

              --bcast VALUE
                     IP  broadcast  in  dotted  form  [default:  based  on  ip

              --gw ADDRESS
                     Gateway (router) address in dotted form  [default:  based
                     on ip setting (first valid address in the network)].

              --dns ADDRESS
                     DNS  address in dotted form [default: based on ip setting
                     (first valid address in the network)]

   Post install actions:
       --copy FILE
              Read ’source dest’ lines from FILE, copying  source  files  from
              host to dest in the guest’s file system.

       --execscript SCRIPT, --exec SCRIPT
              Run  SCRIPT  after  distro installation finishes. Script will be
              called with the guest’s chroot as first argument, so you can use
              chroot $1 <cmd> to run code in the virtual machine.

   libvirt integration:
              Add VM to given URI

       --firstboot PATH
              Specify a script that will be copied into the guest and executed
              the first time the machine  boots.   This  script  must  not  be

       --firstlogin PATH
              Specify  a script that will be copied into the guest and will be
              executed the first time the user logs in.  This  script  can  be


       vmbuilder  is  a  python program that offers a very simple mechanism to
       increase functionalities, interfaces, support  other  distribution  and
       hypervisors.     Feel     free     to     join     the    project    at


       vmbuilder includes a command  line  interface  compatibility  with  its
       ancestor   ubuntu-vm-builder.   This  compatibility  does  not  include
       template or configration files which now use a newer  format.  Programs
       or  script  that  were  relying  on  ubuntu-vm-builder  should continue
       working without any issues if the do not use templates or configuration


       Feel free to join #ubuntu-virt on freenode to get some help or just say


       apt-proxy(8), apt-mirror(8)

       The          vmbuilder          tutorial          available          at

       The CheetahTemplate documentation for syntax of the template  files  at


       vmbuilder is Copyright (C) 2007-2008  Canonical  Ltd.  and  written  by
       Soren  Hansen  <>  with  the  help  of  others,  see
       /usr/share/doc/python-vm-builder/AUTHORS for more details.

                                   Oct 2008                       VMBUILDER(1)