Karmic, Xen domU and linux-image-virtual

Paul van Berlo pvanberlo at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 21:25:27 UTC 2010

Hello Stefan,

yep, this will do just fine I believe. I'll cook up a few VMs tomorrow
to see how things behave exactly.



On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM, Stefan Bader
<stefan.bader at canonical.com> wrote:
> Paul van Berlo wrote:
>> Hi,
>> recent versions of the kernel installed by linux-image-virtual on
>> Karmic/i386 (-generic-pae) cannot be used in a Xen domU since they're
>> lacking Xen support. I noticed that a fix was committed for this some
>> time ago, what is the normal lead time for a newer version of the
>> kernel (with this fix) to hit the repository? The current kernel in
>> proposed doesn't include Xen support either. I'm a bit in a catch-22
>> here, can't deploy multiple Xen machines due to this kernel on karmic,
>> and I can't start experimenting with lucid (which does have the fixed
>> kernel in the repo) since drbd8 cannot be properly installed. Custom
>> compiling breaks more things, especially properly install drbd8 - and
>> I want to stay away from custom compiling anyhow in case I need
>> commercial support in the future.
>> Thanks.
>> Regards,
>> Paul van Berlo
> Yes, that change has been a bit delayed as the current proposed kernel already
> contains several upstream changes that needed to stay there to see whether there
> are problems with them. Then there is always a chance of security updates which
> can delay things further.
> I am not sure how much this would help you, we try to keep a sort of kernel-next
> PPA[1] which contains those things queued up but not uploaded into proposed.
> (Though it could also contain regression, not yet found). Maybe that would be a
> work-around until the changes you need have landed in updates?
> Stefan
> [1] https://launchpad.net/~kernel-ppa/+archive/pre-proposed

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