Bug 236782

Summary: hard disk is required but you could be just using a liveCD
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Jeremy Katz <katzj>
Component: virt-managerAssignee: Cole Robinson <crobinso>
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE QA Contact: Martin Jenner <mjenner>
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Version: 11CC: opensource, petersen, tcallawa, virt-maint, wtogami, xen-maint
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Description Jeremy Katz 2007-04-17 17:02:55 UTC
For the case of something like a live CD, it seems like you want to be able to
specify a VM without a hard drive attached to it.  This is especially painful as
you have to go through and recreate the VM every time you want to restart the
live CD -- after the first start, you're kicked over to boot from hard drive
instead of from the CD.

Comment 1 Mark McLoughlin 2007-05-02 12:28:33 UTC
Some first cut patches for LiveCD support here:


Comment 2 Red Hat Bugzilla 2007-07-25 02:08:25 UTC
change QA contact

Comment 3 Warren Togami 2007-10-18 15:15:12 UTC
Really two parts to this:
1) No way to boot from CD after initial install (GUI issue)
2) You want to not be required to choose a hard drive.

I was told by #kvm that a hard drive isn't required by qemu.  It *could* be set
to /dev/null (if virt-manager didn't reject it).

Comment 4 Fabien 2008-03-31 18:16:25 UTC
Me too, i need to boot from CD after initial install with GUI. 

This is because screen just before the first start don't let to use several hard

I my case two solutions :
- during initial vm creation screen, to be able to have several hard drives.
- after vm is created, to be able to boot from CDROM.

Comment 5 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 02:46:16 UTC
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
More information and reason for this action is here:

Comment 6 Cole Robinson 2009-03-10 01:33:11 UTC
The pending virt-manager release has a completely redesigned 'New VM' wizard. Details here:


One of the new pieces is the option to skip specifying storage. If CD/ISO media is used for the install, and no storage is selected, livecd behavior is implied (always boot off CD).

This definitely won't ever be backported to F9: these changes rock the boat a bit too much. Moving this bug to F10 (which is a likely eventual target).

Comment 8 Cole Robinson 2009-09-14 15:34:28 UTC
I think it's too late to be backporting a major virt-manager version to F10, so this bug won't be fixed.

Moving to F11 and closing as CURRENTRELEASE.