Is it possible to mount storage space from the host environment inside a bhyve virtual machine? I could use a network share, but I figure there would be less overhead mounting the data directly. I'm looking for something like Virtual Box's "shared storage".

Thanks for your help.

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There's been some work being done on VirtFS (aka virtio-9p) in bhyve, see this Mailing list thread. This is somewhat experimental and at the moment it seems only Linux guests are supported. The code can be found in a github repository.

On the other hand, bhyve's virtio-net performance is pretty good and the overhead of nfs is pretty negligible. In constrast to virtio-9p, nfs is well tested and stable.

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