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Re: [Xen-users] FreeBSD 5.3 as DomU - new kernel with sysinstall embedde

To: Chris Brookes <cbrookes@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-users] FreeBSD 5.3 as DomU - new kernel with sysinstall embedded
From: Geoff Buckingham <geoffb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 10:42:48 +0000
Cc: Kip Macy <kip.macy@xxxxxxxxx>, xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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On Mon, Nov 21, 2005 at 08:59:34PM -0600, Chris Brookes wrote:
> On 16/11/05, Kip Macy <kip.macy@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Details and the files are at http://txrx.org/xen/
In response to some of the open questions on your website.

apmd is what you want for power managment, never tried it 
under xen though.

I do not believe you need the extra = "boot.netif.ip="
line in your config, although the layout of the args line in the 
actual config does seem importent, try "xm create -n -f <your config>"
and see what you get. The following works for me using a raw disk
partition under FC3. However if the args line spans multiple lines, 
or as I recall the comma is missing, the root disk config seems to get 

    (name FreeBSD-3)
    (memory 150)
    (cpu -1)
    (restart always)
    (image (linux (kernel /boot/kernel-xbd)
    (args ',vfs.root.mountfrom=ufs:/dev/xbd0a')
    (device (vbd (uname phy:ida/c1d0p2) (dev ida/c1d0p2) (mode w)))
    (device (vif (mac aa:00:00:42:8a:b5)))

I wouldn't descibe this as stable but it does work well enough to 
compile new kernels in the guest, building complex ports reliably
crashes or hangs the system.

I have found kernels compiled using the sparse directory and scripts
in the 2.0.7 source distribution *ARE* more stable than those built 
from the source on Kip Macey website. (You need bash and wget 
installed to use those scripts)  

DHCP does seem to work.

I have found NFS root guest domains to be more unstable.

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