Qemu-img GUI [feature request]
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Author:  boen_robot [ Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:35 am ]
Post subject:  Qemu-img GUI [feature request]

I just saw beta3, and I have to say things have been nicely simplified since 0.8.7. Predefining Qemu arguments instead of hiding them is an excellent touch! I never quite understood why 0.8.7 has separate tabs for ASA and the like, and now I know...

There is still however one greatly important thing missing... a thing that still makes Qemu harder to use by beginners than VirtualBox. Creating and mounting a HDD image still requires command line interaction beforehand.

It's pretty much a must if Qemu VMs are going to be grok-able to beginners that there's a GUI for that. I suggest a new button to the right of "Disk image (hda)" and "Disk image (hdb)" fields (let's say called "Create"), which would open a new Window from which a user can specify the HDD size and type of a new HDD. I'm not entirely sure if Qemu supports dynamic disks, or only fixed ones, but if it does, there should be an option for that too... And a line for additional Qemu-img options (duh).

And obviously, the desired location of the new HDD, which would be automatically filled into the originating field afterwards. It would be nice if that location defaults to the project's folder (if within a project; otherwise... GNS3's images folder I guess?), with a filename being the VM name, dash, "hda" or "hdb", depending on which "Create" button was pressed, with an appropriate extension added based on selected type (e.g. "windows-hda.qcow2").

Author:  grossmj [ Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Qemu-img GUI [feature request]

I like that. GNS3 could also be a complete GUI for QEMU ;)

I'll see how I can implement your suggestions and improve the current GUI.

Thanks again for your precious ideas!

Author:  boen_robot [ Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Qemu-img GUI [feature request]

grossmj wrote:
GNS3 could also be a complete GUI for QEMU ;)

That would be ideal, yes, but I realize you have lots of other things on your plate, which is why I resisted the urge to go as far as saying that :-P.

Priority wise, creating HDDs is just the most important missing bit.

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