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macOS host questions

From: Thomas Schwark
Subject: macOS host questions
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2020 14:26:49 +0100


I am new to QEMU and I managed to convert my windows 10 virtualbox image to .qcow2 and start it up.

VBoxManage clonehd --format RAW "$VDI_PATH" "$IMG_PATH"

qemu-img convert -f raw "$IMG_PATH" -O qcow2 "$QCOW_PATH"

vboxmanage -q closemedium disk "$IMG_PATH"

rm -f "$IMG_PATH"

I use a 16 inch MacBookPro as host and installed qemu via homebrew.

I tried to find out my missing features online without success but I hope someone here can help me out with the following questions:

1   How can I get the clipboard to work for sharing between macOS host and win10 guest?

I installed the QEMU guest agent inside of the guest and confirmed its running with "Get-Service QEMU-GA" in Powershell successfully. But the clipboard is not working.

2   To use the right mouse click I need to use the command key instead of control and the windows menu pops up every time I press it. Can the windows menu be disabled or the right mouse click be remapped to the control key?

3   Is there a good GUI for qemu on macOS? I tried https://github.com/jeffreywildman/homebrew-virt-manager, but I only want to run two local VMs, win10 and archlinux, and no virtual viewer or vnc connections.

I start the VM with the following command:

qemu-system-x86_64 \

-m 8G \

-vga virtio \

-display default,show-cursor=on \

-usb \

-device usb-tablet \

-enable-kvm \

-drive file=/Users/"$USER"/qemu/win10_64.qcow2,if=virtio \

-device ich9-intel-hda -device hda-output \

-machine q35,accel=hvf \

-net user \

-net nic,model=virtio \

-cdrom /Users/"$USER"/Desktop/files/virtio-win-0.1.185.iso

Any help is appreciated. The documentation is not that easy for QEMU newbies.

Thanks in advance

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