Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

Export all VirtualBox guests one-liner

Here's simple and stupid one liner for exporting all VirtualBox guests in separate files.

 

$ vboxmanage list vms|
> sed 's/^"\(.*\)".*$/\1/'|
> while read line; do
>   vboxmanage export $line --output $line.ova
> done

One can export multiple vbox guests to one file. That's why I call this 'stupid'. Often times, it's ideal to group vbox guests and export by groups.

Anyway, the above doesn't work if vbox guest name contains ' '(space) or '()' (braces).
Here's how I worked this around. I also removed ' '(space) from export filename.

$  vboxmanage list vms|
> sed 's/^"\(.*\)".*$/\1/;s/ /\\\\ /;s/(/\\\\\(/;s/)/\\\\\)/'|
> while read line; do
>   eval vboxmanage export $line --output $(echo $line|sed 's/\\ //').ova
> done








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