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qemu-img.texi: Describe human-readable info output

Ideally, it should be self-explanatory.  However, keys like "disk size"
arguably really are not self-explanatory.  In any case, there is no harm
in going into a some more detail here.

Signed-off-by: Max Reitz <>
Signed-off-by: Kevin Wolf <>
Max Reitz 4 months ago
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@@ -428,6 +428,47 @@ The command can output in the format @var{ofmt} which is either @code{human} or
@code{json}. The JSON output is an object of QAPI type @code{ImageInfo}; with
@code{--backing-chain}, it is an array of @code{ImageInfo} objects.

@code{--output=human} reports the following information (for every image in the
@table @var
@item image
The image file name

@item file format
The image format

@item virtual size
The size of the guest disk

@item disk size
How much space the image file occupies on the host file system (may be shown as
0 if this information is unavailable, e.g. because there is no file system)

@item cluster_size
Cluster size of the image format, if applicable

@item encrypted
Whether the image is encrypted (only present if so)

@item cleanly shut down
This is shown as @code{no} if the image is dirty and will have to be
auto-repaired the next time it is opened in qemu.

@item backing file
The backing file name, if present

@item backing file format
The format of the backing file, if the image enforces it

@item Snapshot list
A list of all internal snapshots

@item Format specific information
Further information whose structure depends on the image format. This section
is a textual representation of the respective @code{ImageInfoSpecific*} QAPI
object (e.g. @code{ImageInfoSpecificQCow2} for qcow2 images).
@end table

@item map [--object @var{objectdef}] [--image-opts] [-f @var{fmt}] [--output=@var{ofmt}] [-U] @var{filename}

Dump the metadata of image @var{filename} and its backing file chain.