Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 871928
[RFE] allow setting the "/domain/os/loader" XML element on the virtinst command line
Last modified: 2012-10-31 16:56:40 EDT
* Description of problem:
The libvirt domain XML Schema enables the user to specify the boot firmware for qemu (and possibly other emulators) in the /domain/os/loader element. (It is mapped to the "-bios" option if the emulator is qemu.) Since the boot firmware should arguably be set as soon as the guest is installed, please expose the /domain/os/loader element as a virt-install option. (Doing the same in virt-manager's "new guest" function would be great as well.)
Without the feature, users have to symlink "bios.bin" temporarily for non-default firmwares, or generate an XML with --print-step=1 for manual editing before starting the guest installation.
* Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
The upstream utility supports this functionality with --boot loader=/bios/path.
Alternative BIOSen are not planned RHEL-6, so not moving to RHEL-6 either.