facter and KVM

Oliver Brakmann obrakmann at gmx.net
Tue Jan 25 19:48:54 UTC 2011

Hi guys,

on current Ubuntu releases (the latest LTS most notably), puppet's
facter library does not recognize KVM virtual machines as virtual:

$ facter  | grep virtual
is_virtual => false
virtual => physical

$ grep -i qemu /proc/cpuinfo
model name	: QEMU Virtual CPU version 0.12.3

This has already been fixed upstream in version 1.5.8. However, this
version has not been packaged for any Ubuntu release yet (not even Natty).

(The commit is here, if anyone is interested:

I'd like to ask for your opinion whether it would be worthwhile to file
a bug on this.  On the one hand, this is fixed upstream already, on the
other hand, both puppet and kvm are in main, and Lucid might benefit
from an SRU.  Is this SRU worthy?


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