Description of problem:
After reporting bug: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=556134 and
discussing I saw as a new user to virt-manager some issues that more seasoned
users probably don't notice and take for granted.
Please make some UI in window of storage manager more intuitive (loot at screenshot provided for reference). I'm not expert at UI design to give you exact suggestion on how to change it, but I as a user see it as an issue.
UI is designed for more experienced users who know the inner working of virt-manager and other components. I've used desktop virtualization apps like WMWare and VirualBox for over 10 years and most users are more familiar with them than with virt-manager. For me the obstacle were "storage pools" and how to create new image in any directory I wanted. It was't clear from UI that there first needs to be defined a new storage pool that is in /home directory.
If anything can be done in UI to make this work better for other users who will also stumble upon this issue it would be easier to use virt-manager as desktop virtualization tool on Fedora.
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Yeah, the storage UI is needlessly complex. I think one way to simplify it will be to enhance the 'New Volume' wizard to optionally take a full path to the desired image. If the parent directory isn't a storage pool, we just silently pool-ify it. This should make the storage management fairly invisible for people who don't have any real need to mess with the nitty gritty details.
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This work probably won't be backported to F12 (when it's even completed), so moving to F13.
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I've changed this bug to track auto-poolifying storage in virt-manager: whenever the user passes in an arbitrary path, we will use libvirt's storage APIs to introspect data about the storage, such as format type, size, and permissions.
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Upstream now will auto-inspect a path with libvirt's storage APIs. So there's no need to go and create a manual pool or storage volume, just give virt-manager a path and a disk size and it will do the right thing.
This might mean we should reorganize the UI a bit to make that more clear, but it needs some testing first to see what might need to be changed. Any additional work will be tracked in separate bugs.