With virt-manager 2.2.1, I'm trying to create a shared directory between an Arch Linux host and a Kali guest.

I went to "Add New Virtual Hardware" → "Filesystem":

virt-manager screenshot

Clicking "Finish", I get this error message:

Error adding device: unsupported configuration: only supports passthrough accessmode

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/virt-manager/virtManager/addhardware.py", line 1351, in _add_device
  File "/usr/share/virt-manager/virtManager/object/domain.py", line 408, in add_device
  File "/usr/share/virt-manager/virtManager/object/libvirtobject.py", line 417, in _redefine_xmlobj
    self._redefine_xml_internal(origxml, newxml)
  File "/usr/share/virt-manager/virtManager/object/libvirtobject.py", line 395, in _redefine_xml_internal
  File "/usr/share/virt-manager/virtManager/object/domain.py", line 999, in _define
  File "/usr/share/virt-manager/virtManager/connection.py", line 612, in define_domain
    return self._backend.defineXML(xml)
  File "/usr/lib/python3.8/site-packages/libvirt.py", line 4048, in defineXML
    if ret is None:raise libvirtError('virDomainDefineXML() failed', conn=self)
libvirt.libvirtError: unsupported configuration: only supports passthrough accessmode

Is there a way to fix this and have a shared directory?


I had to change the driver from "Handle" to "Path":

virt-manager shared dir config

These are the settings and commands that made the shared directory work:

In virt-manager:

  • Driver: Path
  • Mode: Mapped
  • Write Policy: Immediate

Permissions set on host for the shared directory:

  • sudo chgrp kvm shared/
  • chmod 770 shared/

Mount the shared directory in the guest:

sudo mount -t 9p -o trans=virtio /hostshare /home/guest/shared

The /hostshare part is the "Target Path" defined with virt-manager.

In the guest, the shared directory is at /home/guest/shared.


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