While trying to get a cloned disk running from my OS snapshot I run into the problem that Libvirt cannot see existing images cloned from a snapshot. Created via:

$ rbd -p vmdisks clone vmdisks/coreos_2023@base vmdisks/coreos00.disk

The base image has the one snapshot 'base' and is protected. The cloned disk is created just fine:

$ rbd -p vmdisks info coreos00.disk
rbd image 'coreos00.disk':
        size 8.49GiB in 2174 objects
        order 22 (4MiB objects)
        block_name_prefix: rbd_data.48a99c6b8b4567
        format: 2
        features: layering
        create_timestamp: Thu Apr 25 14:46:52 2019
        parent: vmdisks/coreos_2023@base
        overlap: 8.49GiB

I temporarily have Libvirt configured with a rbd pool that uses the ceph admin user. But I cannot see the cloned disk. Just the parent:

virsh # vol-list --pool rbd_image_root
 Name                 Path                                    
 coreos_2023 vmdisks/coreos_2023     

If I try to create the cloned image from within virsh I run into the following issue:

virsh # vol-clone --pool rbd_image_root coreos_2023 coreos00.disk
error: Failed to clone vol from coreos_2023
error: failed to iterate RBD snapshot coreos_2023@base: Operation not permitted

Note that this pool uses the Ceph admin user which makes the Operation not permitted a tad odd.

Am I missing a configuration option here that would allow for the pool to use clones? I can't find any information on this in the documentation so far. And the source code of libvirt looks like it should support both features.


Libvirt Machine: Ubuntu 18.04
Compiled against library: libvirt 4.0.0
Using library: libvirt 4.0.0
Using API: QEMU 4.0.0
Running hypervisor: QEMU 2.11.1

Ceph Machine: openSUSE Leap 42.3
Ceph 12.2.5


When I create a volume like this:

   <capacity unit="bytes">9116319744</capacity>
       <format type="raw"></format>
       <format type="raw"></format>

Which does not seem to work with the backing store either as it creates an empty volume without the underlying parent. But when I now delete the volume via rbd and create a new clone it shows up in libvirt and can be used by the machine.

$ rbd -p vmdisks rm coreos00.disk
$ rbd clone vmdisks/coreos_2023@basis vmdisks/coreos00.disk

Sadly this is not a very efficient way to create the clones I would say.


It was a bug with libvirt in the end. A simple fix provided by Michal Privoznik solves the problem.

diff --git i/src/storage/storage_backend_rbd.c w/src/storage/storage_backend_rbd.c
index f8c968e682..08f8123678 100644
--- i/src/storage/storage_backend_rbd.c
+++ w/src/storage/storage_backend_rbd.c
@@ -1038,7 +1038,7 @@ virStorageBackendRBDIterateCb(uint64_t offset ATTRIBUTE_UNUSED,
      * searching any further.
     *(int*) arg = 1;
-    return -1;
+    return 0;

 static int


The official patch was updated and should be included in libvirt 5.3.0

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