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       virt-dib - Run diskimage-builder elements


        virt-dib -B DIB-LIB [options] elements...


       Virt-dib is a tool for using the elements of "diskimage-builder" to build a new disk
       image, generate new ramdisks, etc.

       Virt-dib is intended as safe replacement for "diskimage-builder" and its
       "ramdisk-image-create" mode, see "COMPARISON WITH DISKIMAGE-BUILDER" for a quick
       comparison with usage of "diskimage-builder".

       "diskimage-builder" is part of the TripleO OpenStack project:


   Build simple images of distributions
        virt-dib \
          -B /path/to/diskimage-builder/lib \
          -p /path/to/diskimage-builder/elements \
          --envvar DIB_RELEASE=jessie \
          --name debian-jessie \
          debian vm

       This builds a Debian Jessie (8.x) disk image, suitable for running as virtual machine,
       saved as debian-jessie.qcow2.

   Build ramdisks
        virt-dib \
          -B /path/to/diskimage-builder/lib \
          -p /path/to/diskimage-builder/elements \
          --ramdisk \
          --name ramdisk \
          ubuntu deploy-ironic

       This builds a ramdisk for the Ironic OpenStack component based on the Ubuntu distribution.


           Показати довідкове повідомлення.

       -B ШЛЯХ
           Set the path to the library directory of "diskimage-builder". This is usually the lib
           subdirectory in the sources and when installed, and /usr/share/diskimage-builder/lib
           when installed in /usr.

           This parameter is mandatory, as virt-dib needs to provide it for the elements (as some
           of them might use scripts in it).  Virt-dib itself does not make use of the library

       --arch АРХІТЕКТУРА
           Use the specified architecture for the output image.  The default value is the same as
           the host running virt-dib.

           Right now this option does nothing more than setting the "ARCH" environment variable
           for the elements, and it's up to them to produce an image for the requested

       --debug LEVEL
           Set the debug level to "LEVEL", which is a non-negative integer number.  The default
           is 0.

           This debug level is different than what -x and -v set, and it increases the debugging
           information printed out.  Specifically, this sets the "DIB_DEBUG_TRACE", and any value
           > 0 enables tracing in the scripts executed.

       --drive DISK
           Add the specified disk to be used as helper drive where to cache files of the
           elements, like disk images, distribution packages, etc.

           Див. "ДОПОМІЖНИЙ ДИСК".

       -p ШЛЯХ
       --element-path ШЛЯХ
           Add a new path with elements.  Paths are used in the same order as the -p parameters
           appear, so a path specified first is looked first, and so on.

           Obviously, it is recommended to add the path to the own elements of
           "diskimage-builder", as most of the other elements will rely on them.

       --extra-packages PACKAGE,...
           Install additional packages in the image being built.

           This relies on the "install-packages" binary provided by the package management

           This option can be specified multiple times, each time with multiple packages
           separated by comma.

       --envvar ЗМІННА
       --envvar ЗМІННА=ЗНАЧЕННЯ
           Carry or set an environment variable for the elements.

           See "ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES" below for more information on the interaction and usage of
           environment variables.

           This option can be used in two ways:

           --envvar ЗМІННА
               Carry the environment variable "VARIABLE". If it is not set, nothing is exported
               to the elements.

           --envvar ЗМІННА=ЗНАЧЕННЯ
               Set the environment variable "VARIABLE" with value "VALUE" for the elements,
               regardless whether an environment variable with the same name exists.

               This can be useful to pass environment variable without exporting them in the
               environment where virt-dib runs.

       --exclude-element ELEMENT
           Ignore the specified element.

       --exclude-script СКРИПТ
           Ignore any element script named "SCRIPT", whichever element it is in.

           This can be useful in case some script does not run well with virt-dib, for example
           when they really need "diskimage-builder"'s environment.

       --formats ФОРМАТ,...
           Set the list of output formats, separating them with comma.

           Supported formats are:

           "qcow2" (enabled by default)
               QEMU's qcow2.

               Raw disk format.

               An uncompressed tarball.

               "Virtual Hard Disk" disk image.  This output format requires the "vhd-util" tool.

               Please note that the version of "vhd-util" tool needs to be patched to support the
               "convert" subcommand, and to be bootable.  The patch is available here:

       --fs-type ФАЙЛОВА СИСТЕМА
           Set the filesystem type to use for the root filesystem.  The default is "ext4".

           Див. також "guestfs_filesystem_available" in guestfs(3)

       --image-cache DIRECTORY
           Set the path in the host where cache the resources used by the elements of the
           "extra-data.d" phase.  The default is ~/.cache/image-create.

           Please note that most of the resources fetched after "extra-data" will be cached in
           the helper drive specified with --drive; see also "HELPER DRIVE".

       --install-type TYPE
           Specify the default installation type.  Defaults to "source".

           Set to "package" to use package based installations by default.

           This option is used to make the output more machine friendly when being parsed by
           other programs.  See "MACHINE READABLE OUTPUT" below.

       -m MB
       --memsize MB
           Change the amount of memory allocated to the appliance. Increase this if you find that
           the virt-dib execution runs out of memory.

           The default can be found with this command:

            guestfish get-memsize

       --mkfs-options "РЯДОК ПАРАМЕТРІВ"
           Add the specified options to mkfs(1), to be able to fine-tune the root filesystem
           creation.  Note that this is not possible to override the filesystem type.

           You should use --mkfs-options at most once.  To pass multiple options, separate them
           with space, eg:

            virt-dib ... --mkfs-options '-O someopt -I foo'

           Enable or disable network access from the guest during the installation.

           Enabled is the default.  Use --no-network to disable access.

           The network only allows outgoing connections and has other minor limitations.  See
           "NETWORK" in virt-rescue(1).

           This does not affect whether the guest can access the network once it has been booted,
           because that is controlled by your hypervisor or cloud environment and has nothing to
           do with virt-dib.

           If you use --no-network, then the environment variable "DIB_OFFLINE" is set to 1,
           signaling the elements that they should use only cached resources when available.
           Note also that, unlike with "diskimage-builder" where elements may still be able to
           access to the network even with "DIB_OFFLINE=", under virt-dib network will be fully

       --name НАЗВА
           Set the name of the output image file.  The default is "image".

           According to the chosen name, there will be the following in the current directory:

               For each output format, a disk image named after the outout image with the
               extension depending on the format; for example: $NAME.qcow2, $NAME.raw, etc.

               Not applicable in ramdisk mode, see "RAMDISK BUILDING".

               A directory containing any files created by the elements, for example dib-
               manifests directory (created by the "manifests" element), ramdisks and kernels in
               ramdisk mode, and so on.

           Don't delete the output files on failure to build.  You can use this to debug failures
           to run scripts.

           The default is to delete the output file if virt-dib fails (or, for example, some
           script that it runs fails).

           Don't print ordinary progress messages.

       --qemu-img-options option[,option,...]
           Pass --qemu-img-options option(s) to the qemu-img(1) command to fine-tune the output
           format.  Options available depend on the output format (see --formats) and the
           installed version of the qemu-img program.

           You should use --qemu-img-options at most once.  To pass multiple options, separate
           them with commas, eg:

            virt-dib ... --qemu-img-options cluster_size=512,preallocation=metadata ...

           Set the ramdisk building mode.

           Див. "ЗБИРАННЯ ДИСКА У ПАМ'ЯТІ".

       --ramdisk-element НАЗВА
           Set the name for the additional element added in ramdisk building mode.  The default
           is "ramdisk".

           Див. "ЗБИРАННЯ ДИСКА У ПАМ'ЯТІ".

       --root-label LABEL
           Set the label for the root filesystem in the created image.

           Please note that some filesystems have different restrictions on the length of their
           labels; for example, on "ext2/3/4" filesystems labels cannot be longer than 16
           characters, while on "xfs" they have at most 12 characters.

           The default depends on the actual filesystem for the root partition (see --fs-type):
           on "xfs" is "img-rootfs", while "cloudimg-rootfs" on any other filesystem.

       --size РОЗМІР
           Select the size of the output disk, where the size can be specified using common names
           such as "32G" (32 gigabytes) etc.  The default size is "5G".

           To specify size in bytes, the number must be followed by the lowercase letter b, eg:
           "--size 10737418240b".

           See also virt-resize(1) for resizing partitions of an existing disk image.

           Skip the inclusion of the "base" element.

       --smp N
           Enable N ≥ 2 virtual CPUs for scripts to use.

       -u  Do not compress resulting qcow2 images.  The default is to compress them.

           Увімкнути показ діагностичних повідомлень.

           Показати дані щодо версії і завершити роботу.

       -x  Увімкнути трасування викликів програмного інтерфейсу libguestfs.


       Unlike with "diskimage-builder", the environment of the host is not inherited in the
       appliance when running most of the elements (i.e. all the ones different than

       To set environment for the elements being run, it is necessary to tell virt-dib to use
       them, with the option --envvar.  Such option allows to selectively export environment
       variables when running the elements, and it is the preferred way to pass environment
       variables to the elements.

       To recap: if you want the environment variable "MYVAR" (and its content) to be available
       to the elements, you can do either

        export MYVAR   # whichever is its value
        virt-dib ... --envvar MYVAR ...


        virt-dib ... --envvar MYVAR=value_of_it ...


       Virt-dib runs most of the element in its own appliance, and thus not on the host.  Because
       of this, there is no possibility for elements to cache resources directly on the host.

       To solve this issue, virt-dib allows the usage of an helper drive where to store cached
       resources, like disk images, distribution packages, etc. While this means that there is a
       smaller space available for caching, at least it allows to limit the space on the host for
       caches, without assuming that elements will do that by themselves.

       Currently this disk is either required to have a single partition on it, or the first
       partition on it will be used.  A disk with the latter configuration can be easily created
       with guestfish(1) like the following:

        guestfish -N filename.img=fs:ext4:10G

       The above will create a disk image called filename.img, 10G big, with a single partition
       of type ext4; see "PREPARED DISK IMAGES" in guestfish(1).

       It is recommended for it to be ≥ 10G or even more, as elements will cache disk images,
       distribution packages, etc.  As with any disk image, the helper disk can be easily resized
       using virt-resize(1) if more space in it is needed.

       The drive can be accessed like any other disk image, for example using other tools of
       libguestfs such as guestfish(1):

        guestfish -a filename.img -m /dev/sda1

       If no helper drive is specified with --drive, all the resources cached during a virt-dib
       run will be discarded.

       Inside the helper drive, it is possible to find the following resources:

           This directory is set as "HOME" environment variable during the build.  It contains
           mostly the image cache (saved as /home/.cache/image-create), and whichever other
           resource is cached in the home directory of the user running the various tools.

           These are the logs of the elements being run within the libguestfs appliance, which
           means all the hooks except "extra-data.d".


       Virt-dib can emulate also "ramdisk-image-create", which is a secondary operation mode of
       "diskimage-builder".  Instead of being a different tool name, virt-dib provides easy
       access to this mode using the --ramdisk switch.

       In this mode:

       •   there is an additional ramdisk element added (see --ramdisk-element)

       •   no image is produced (so --formats is ignored)

       •   $NAME.d (see --name) will contain initrd, kernel, etc


       Virt-dib uses the standard temporary directory used by libguestfs, see "ENVIRONMENT
       VARIABLES" in guestfs(3).

       By default this location is /tmp (default value for "TMPDIR"), which on some systems may
       be on a tmpfs filesystem, and thus defaulting to a maximum size of half of physical RAM.
       If virt-dib exceeds this, it may hang or exit early with an error.  The solution is to
       point "TMPDIR" to a permanent location used as temporary location, for example:

        mkdir local-tmp
        env TMPDIR=$PWD/local-tmp virt-dib ...
        rm -rf local-tmp


       Because of virt-dib runs most of the elements in its own appliance, all the tools and
       libraries used by elements running outside the guest (typically "root.d",
       "block-device.d", and "cleanup.d")  need to be present in the appliance as well.  In case
       they are not, scripts will fail mostly with a "command not found" error.

       For tools and libraries packaged by the distribution, the easy solution is to tell
       libguestfs to include additional packages in the appliance.  This is doable by e.g.
       creating a new file with the additional packages:

        # echo wget > /usr/lib64/guestfs/supermin.d/dib-my-extra

       The actual path to the supermin.d directory depends on the distribution; additional files
       can list more packages, each in its own line.


       Virt-dib is intended as safe replacement for "diskimage-builder" and its
       "ramdisk-image-create" mode; the user-notable differences consist in:

       •   the command line arguments; some of the arguments are the same as available in
           "diskimage-builder", while some have different names:

            disk-image-create             virt-dib
            -----------------             --------
            -a ARCH                       --arch ARCH
            --image-size SIZE             --size SIZE
            --max-online-resize SIZE      doable using --mkfs-options
            -n                            --skip-base
            -o IMAGENAME                  --name IMAGENAME
            -p PACKAGE(S)                 --extra-packages PACKAGE(S)
            -t FORMAT(S)                  --formats FORMAT(S)
            -x                            --debug N

       •   the location of non-image output files (like ramdisks and kernels)

       •   the way some of the cached resources are saved: using an helper drive, not directly on
           the disk where virt-dib is run

       •   the need to specify a target size for the output disk, as opposed to
           "diskimage-builder" calculating an optimal one

       •   the handling of environment variables, see "ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES".

           Furthermore, other than the libguestfs own environment variables (see "ENVIRONMENT
           VARIABLES" in guestfs(3)), virt-dib does not read any other environment variable: this
           means that all the options and behaviour changes are specified solely using command
           line arguments

       •   "extra-data.d" scripts run in the host environment, before all the other ones (even
           "root.d"); this means that, depending on the configuration for the elements, some of
           them may fail due to missing content (usually directories) in "TMP_HOOKS_PATH".

           Workarounds for this may be either:

           •   fix the "extra-data.d" scripts to create the missing directories

           •   create (and use) a simple element with a "extra-data.d" script named e.g.
               00-create-missing-dirs to create the missing directories

       •   extra tools needed on some out-of-chroot phases need to be available in the appliance,
           see "EXTRA DEPENDENCIES".

       Elements themselves should notice no difference in they way they are run; behaviour
       differences may due to wrong assumptions in elements, or not correct virt-dib emulation.

       Known issues at the moment:

       •   (немає)


       The --machine-readable option can be used to make the output more machine friendly, which
       is useful when calling virt-dib from other programs, GUIs etc.

       Use the option on its own to query the capabilities of the virt-dib binary.  Typical
       output looks like this:

        $ virt-dib --machine-readable

       A list of features is printed, one per line, and the program exits with status 0.


       Virt-dib has been tested with "diskimage-builder" (and its elements)  ≥ 0.1.43; from time
       to time also with "tripleo-image-elements" and "sahara-image-elements".

       Previous versions may work, but it is not guaranteed.


       Ця програма повертає значення 0 у разі успішного завершення і ненульове значення, якщо
       сталася помилка.


       guestfs(3), guestfish(1), virt-resize(1),


       Pino Toscano ("ptoscano at redhat dot com")


       © Red Hat Inc., 2015



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