VirtIO-FS Support Is In QEMU 5.0 For Better File/Folder Sharing Between Hosts And VMs

Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization on 21 April 2020 at 02:54 AM EDT. 6 Comments
Added back in Linux 5.4 was the VirtIO-FS file-system driver as a a FUSE-framework-based file-system implementation designed for guest to/from host file-system sharing for VirtIO para-virtualized devices. Now with QEMU 5.0 VirtIO-FS is supported on its side.

VirtIO-FS offers better performance than the likes of VirtIO-9P for sharing files/folders between the host system and guest virtual machines. With the forthcoming QEMU 5.0, VirtIO-FS is now supported.

A blog post this week by developer Stefan Hajnoczi outlines using VirtIO-FS in conjunction with QEMU 5.0 on supported kernel configurations.

"A key feature of virtio-fs is the ability to directly access the host page cache, eliminating the need to copy file contents into guest RAM. This so-called DAX support is not upstream yet. Live migration is not yet implemented. It is a little challenging to transfer all file system state to the destination host and seamlessly continue file system operation without remounting, but it should be doable. There is a Rust implementation of virtiofsd that is close to reaching maturity and will replace the C implementation," find out more on Stefan's blog.
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