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Bug 709536 - app-emulation/virt-manager-2.2.1-r1 : virt-install --boot uefi .* :ERROR Did not find any UEFI binary path for arch 'x86_64'
Summary: app-emulation/virt-manager-2.2.1-r1 : virt-install --boot uefi .* :ERROR D...
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Virtualization Team
Depends on:
Reported: 2020-02-13 22:33 UTC by giskard
Modified: 2021-04-03 05:45 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

See Also:
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

virt-manager log (virt-manager.log,22.47 KB, text/x-log)
2021-01-17 13:48 UTC, Anton Gubarkov

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Description giskard 2020-02-13 22:33:20 UTC
with pkgs:
- app-emulation/qemu-4.2.0-r1
- app-emulation/libvirt-6.0.0-r1
- app-emulation/virt-manager-2.2.1-r1

run: virt-install --connect qemu:///system --print-xml --boot uefi
got: ERROR    Did not find any UEFI binary path for arch 'x86_64'

. qemu seems to have installed edk2-ovmf firmware correctly
. virt-install use a different name schema to match the firmware:
    in /usr/share/virt-manager/virtinst/
        uefi_arch_patterns use *ovmf* rather than *edk2* that qemu used

    177     _uefi_arch_patterns = {
    178         "i686": [                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
    179             r".*ovmf-ia32.*",  # fedora, gerd's firmware repo                                                                                                                                                                         
    180         ],                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    181         "x86_64": [                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    182             r".*OVMF_CODE\.fd",  # RHEL                                                                                                                                                                                               
    183             r".*ovmf-x64/OVMF.*\.fd",  # gerd's firmware repo                                                                                                                                                                         
    184             r".*ovmf-x86_64-.*",  # SUSE                                                                                                                                                                                              
    185             r".*ovmf.*", ".*OVMF.*",  # generic attempt at a catchall                                                                                                                                                                 
    186         ],                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    187         "aarch64": [                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    188             r".*AAVMF_CODE\.fd",  # RHEL                                                                                                                                                                                              
    189             r".*aarch64/QEMU_EFI.*",  # gerd's firmware repo                                                                                                                                                                          
    190             r".*aarch64.*",  # generic attempt at a catchall                                                                                                                                                                          
    191         ],                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    192         "armv7l": [                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    193             r".*arm/QEMU_EFI.*",  # fedora, gerd's firmware repo                                                                                                                                                                      
    194         ],                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    195     }

Reproducible: Always
Comment 1 giskard 2020-02-13 23:59:43 UTC
It should be note that the recommend UEFI setup, as said in virt-install manual page, is to declare the params explicitly, which is much more reliable.

--boot loader=$OVMF_CODE,nvram.template=$OVMF_VARS,loader.readonly=yes,loader.type=pflash,loader_secure=no
Comment 2 Anton Gubarkov 2021-01-17 13:48:13 UTC
Created attachment 683305 [details]
virt-manager log

I hit the same problem. libvirt fails to see the edk2 firmware installed by QEMU. I'm unable to use the virt-manager's wizard to create a new UEFI VM.
Comment 3 Anton Gubarkov 2021-01-17 13:48:51 UTC
anton@PF16W6Y2 ~ $ equery f qemu|grep edk
Comment 4 Anton Gubarkov 2021-01-21 13:08:27 UTC
As of libvirt-7.0.0 and qemu-5.2.0-r1 there is a mismatch about the paths to edk2-ovmf files 

The json files indicate the location of the file without the /usr prefix:

    "description": "UEFI firmware for x86_64",
    "interface-types": [
    "mapping": {
        "device": "flash",
        "executable": {
            "filename": "share/qemu/edk2-x86_64-code.fd",
            "format": "raw"
        "nvram-template": {
            "filename": "share/qemu/edk2-i386-vars.fd",
            "format": "raw"

and this leads to libvirt not seeing these files. 
Once I change these to

    "description": "UEFI firmware for x86_64",
    "interface-types": [
    "mapping": {
        "device": "flash",
        "executable": {
            "filename": "/usr/share/qemu/edk2-x86_64-code.fd",
            "format": "raw"
        "nvram-template": {
            "filename": "/usr/share/qemu/edk2-i386-vars.fd",
            "format": "raw"

the loaders become visible in livirt, however the new VM creation procedure doesn't put the 
 <nvram template="/usr/share/qemu/edk2-i386-vars.fd">/var/lib/libvirt/qemu/nvram/guest_VARS.fd</nvram> into the VM's <os> section resulting in failed VM startup.
Adding <nvram> tag manually during every VM creation works around the problem.
Comment 5 Gleb 2021-02-17 18:39:23 UTC
I'm on libvirt-6.8.0-r2 which is stable and I have the same issue. virt-manager does not see any UEFI firmware.
Comment 6 Jon 2021-02-18 15:06:53 UTC

Like Anton, I had to add /usr/ to the beginning of the file names in the json files for them to show up. However, virt-manager did add the nvram tag when creating a VM.
Comment 7 Strong1983 2021-03-21 06:07:46 UTC
The same here,

I had to modify the json files at "/usr/share/qemu/firmware/" in order to add "/usr/" to the firmware images paths; after that and a libvirtd restart, uefi was detected by virt-manager.

Best regards.
Comment 8 Jannik Glückert 2021-04-02 20:59:23 UTC
This was a bug in qemu and is fixed in 5.2.0-r2, can you please test again?
Comment 9 Anton Gubarkov 2021-04-03 05:45:06 UTC
I confirm qemu-5.2.0-r3 works for me.