booting oneiric in xen hvm domU

Stefan Bader stefan.bader at
Wed Sep 21 12:19:02 UTC 2011

On 21.09.2011 12:56, Mark Dokter wrote:
> On 09/20/2011 09:46 AM, Stefan Bader wrote:
>> That sort of is normal and depends on the guest. Except the virtual kernel, all
>> other kernels have the blockfront and netfront drivers only compiled as a
>> module. If one wants to use them, then those need to go into the list of early
>> loaded modules. Or as with the argument, xen gets told to keep the emulated disk
>> and network devices.
>> But it would be worth documenting this at least in the release notes, I guess.
> How early is early ? I guess the modules are in the initrd, since I can
> drop to a shell and load them. But this doesn't reveal disks/nics.

In theory I would expect things to work when either loaded from the shell or the
required module names being placed into /etc/initramfs-tools/modules.
However when I tried now, it does not seem to work. I really think it had been
working, but that may have been back with xen-4.1.0. Moving to 4.1.1 seems to
have bought a few undesirable "features"... :/


>> Note, that emulated net seems still have some issues under load the last time I
>> looked.
> Yes I can unfortunately confirm that :( I tried to install ubuntu
> several times and luckily it succeeded at *sometime*. Most of the time
> the install process died when downloading additional debs.
>> -Stefan
> Mark

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