virt-copy-in(1) Virtualization Support virt-copy-in(1)
virt-copy-in - Copy files and directories into a virtual machine disk image.
virt-copy-in -a disk.img file|dir [file|dir ...] /destination
virt-copy-in -d domain file|dir [file|dir ...] /destination
Using "virt-copy-in" on live virtual machines can be dangerous, potentially causing disk
corruption. The virtual machine must be shut down before you use this command.
"virt-copy-in" copies files and directories from the local disk into a virtual machine
disk image or named libvirt domain.
You can give one of more filenames and directories on the command line. Directories are
copied in recursively. The final parameter must be the destination directory in the disk
image which must be an absolute path starting with a "/" character.
Update "/etc/resolv.conf" in a guest:
virt-copy-in -d MyGuest resolv.conf /etc
Upload a home directory to a guest:
virt-copy-in -d MyGuest skel /home
JUST A SHELL SCRIPT WRAPPER AROUND GUESTFISH
This command is just a simple shell script wrapper around the guestfish(1) "copy-in"
command. For anything more complex than a trivial copy, you are probably better off using
Since the shell script just passes options straight to guestfish, read guestfish(1) to see
the full list of options.
guestfish(1), virt-cat(1), virt-copy-out(1), virt-edit(1), virt-tar-in(1),
Richard W.M. Jones ("rjones at redhat dot com")
Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Red Hat Inc.
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To get a list of bugs against libguestfs, use this link:
To report a new bug against libguestfs, use this link:
When reporting a bug, please supply:
o The version of libguestfs.
o Where you got libguestfs (eg. which Linux distro, compiled from source, etc)
o Describe the bug accurately and give a way to reproduce it.
o Run libguestfs-test-tool(1) and paste the complete, unedited output into the bug
libguestfs-1.22.6 2013-08-24 virt-copy-in(1)