Re: How to make the libvirt VM installed under the regular user boot during the system bootup?

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On Sun, Mar 20, 2022 at 10:09:36PM +0200, Martin T wrote:

I installed a virtual machine under a regular user(in other words, not
under root user) with virt-install and configured this VM to boot

$ virsh dominfo vm
Id:             1
Name:           vm
UUID:           eef95dd6-5efe-4059-8dcc-3e35db12f55d
OS Type:        hvm
State:          running
CPU(s):         4
CPU time:       253.7s
Max memory:     4194304 KiB
Used memory:    4194304 KiB
Persistent:     yes
Autostart:      enable
Managed save:   no
Security model: none
Security DOI:   0

$ ls -l /home/user/.config/libvirt/qemu/autostart/
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 user user 47 Apr 30 16:59 vm.xml ->

This is still using the session daemon, which only starts when you
connect to it or when you log in with the session daemon service setup
to start automatically.

There are two ways to overcome this.  One is to use the system daemon
instead (virsh -c qemu:///system) which you can also set as your default
for example by setting uri_default = "qemu:///system" in
~/.config/libvirt/libvirt.conf and there are other means as well.

If you are running a system with systemd then you can also setup
lingering for your user (loginctl enable-linger <your-user>) as that
would enable running the user services even without being logged in.

The vm indeed starts automatically, but only when the regular user has
logged in. I would like libvirtd(started by the systemd) to execute
this VM already during the system bootup when the regular user has not
yet logged in. How to accomplish this? I also made a symlink under
/etc/libvirt/qemu/autostart/, but this did not help.


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