Libvirt provides a handy way to manage network interfaces on the host through the already familiar XML definition syntax. We can use the
virsh command to define, provision, and delete Linux bridges and obtain more information about existing network interfaces, as you've already seen in this chapter.
In this recipe, we are going to define a new Linux bridge, create it, and finally remove it using
virsh. If you recall from earlier recipes, we can manipulate the Linux bridge through utilities such as
brctl. With libvirt, however, we have a way to control this programmatically by writing the definition file and using the API bindings, as we'll see in Chapter 7, Using Python to Build and Manage KVM Instances.
For this recipe, we are going to need the following:
libvirtpackage installed on the host
- A Linux host with the bridge kernel module