'virsh detach-disk' fails to detach a DVD image from a guest OS

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • Although "virsh attach-disk" can attach a DVD image to a guest OS, "virsh detach-disk" fails to detach the DVD image from the guest OS.
    error: Failed to detach disk
    error: this function is not supported by the connection driver: This type of device cannot bi hot unplugged
  • Steps to reproduce are as follows:
    1. Start a guest OS.
    2. Attach a DVD image to the guest OS.
       # virsh attach-disk <guest-name> <image-file> hdc --type cdrom --mode readonly
       <The above command should succeed.>
    3. Detach the DVD image from the guest OS.
       # virsh detach-disk <guest-name> hdc
       <The above command should fail with error messages>.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • libvirt-client-0.8.1-27.el6.x86_64

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