[vbox-dev] IMachine::setSettingsFilePath not supported?
klaus.espenlaub at oracle.com
Tue Jul 1 10:16:22 UTC 2014
On 30.06.2014 13:53, Karoline Haus wrote:
> I would like to be able to create a VM under a specific folder. In fact,
> I would like to import a VM from an OVA file, and then have that VM
> registered under a specific folder. However, by default VBox will store
> it under $HOME/.VirtualMachines and I cannot figure how I can use the
> API to change the settings file path on VM import? I have seen there is
> an IMachine::setSettingsFilePath function, but I use the Python API and
> it does return a "Not Implemented" error. Is there any other way to
> store VMs under a specific location?
Changing of the settings file path for an existing VM is a todo, it
needs a lot of groundwork (moving disk images in the directory and the
What you want is setting the default machine folder before importing,
maybe reverting this change afterwards (if you want locally created VMs
still in the default place).
I'm wondering why your setup uses a .VirtualMachines subdirectory, I
don't see this anywhere in the code. Ancient VirtualBox versions default
to ~/.VirtualBox/Machines, and newer versions default to ~/VirtualBox
VMs, but stick to the old default if it's an upgrade. One can switch to
the new default though, or pick a totally different directory.
> Many thanks for any pointers.
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