nbdkit-curl-plugin man page

nbdkit-curl-plugin — nbdkit curl plugin (HTTP, FTP, SSH and other protocols)

Synopsis

nbdkit -r curl url=http://example.com/disk.img
nbdkit -r curl url=sftp://you@example.com/~/disk.img

Description

"nbdkit-curl-plugin" is a plugin for nbdkit(1) which turns content served over HTTP, FTP, SSH, and more, into a Network Block Device. It uses a library called libcurl (also known as cURL) to read data from URLs. The exact list of protocols that libcurl can handle depends on how it was compiled, but most versions will handle HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS and SFTP (see: "curl -V"). For more information about libcurl, see <http://curl.haxx.se>.

Note: This plugin supports writes. However:

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For HTTP, you may not want nbdkit to issue PUT requests to the remote server (which probably doesn't understand them).
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SFTP helpfully truncates the target file when you open it for writing. Not useful!

To force nbdkit to use a readonly connection, pass the -r flag.

Examples

Basic usage is:

nbdkit -r curl url=http://example.com/disk.img

which serves the remote disk image as a NBD on TCP port 10809 (to control ports and protocols used to serve NBD see nbdkit(1)).

You can also access SSH servers. This uses the SFTP protocol which is built into most SSH servers:

nbdkit -r curl url=sftp://example.com/~/disk.img

You may need to specify a username and/or a password. In this example the password is read from stdin:

nbdkit -r curl url=sftp://example.com/~/disk.img username=fred password=-

Parameters

password=PASSWORD
Set the password to use when connecting to the remote server.

Note that passing this on the command line is not secure on shared machines.
password=-
Ask for the password (interactively) when nbdkit starts up.
sslverify=0
Don't verify the SSL certificate of the remote host.
timeout=SECS
Set the timeout for requests.
timeout=0
Use the default libcurl timeout for requests.
url=URL
The URL of the remote disk image. This is passed to libcurl directly via "CURLOPT_URL" in curl_easy_setopt(3).

This parameter is required.
user=USERNAME
Set the username to use when connecting to the remote server. This may also be set in the URL (eg. "http://foo@example.com/disk.img")

See Also

curl(1), libcurl(3), nbdkit(1), nbdkit-plugin(3).

Authors

Richard W.M. Jones

Parts derived from Alexander Graf's "QEMU Block driver for CURL images".

License

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

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Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
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Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
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Neither the name of Red Hat nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

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Referenced By

nbdkit(1).

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