qemu-init is a set of small tools to make the handling with qemu virtual machines easier. It is intended as an alternative to libvirt, but not as a replacement. The scope of operation is smaller and should cover the most important administration task only. On the other side this keeps the learning curve together with the configuration effort small. This includes a simple configuration of a virtual machine in the user friendly format
VAR=VALUE  against xml style. It is always a good idea to use the integrated tools provided by the developers of a software - by default qemu-init uses the qemu monitor other a tcp socket connection heavily and provides a very simple way to execute qemu monitor commands.
Each software is not better than its documentation. And to get familiar with qemu-init, here it is . As qemu-init is under active development things will change and some points have to be fixed.
Just for completeness: the latest sources are available on GitLab. To build from these sources the qlibs are required. For developers only! (I would like to review patches against recognizing forks which fragments the market further. )
Libraries means here, that these files should not be invoked directly but by the user tools. Otherwise the behavior is undefined.