Re: [Xen-users] "XENBUS: Device with no driver" errors on Debian
On 16 Jul 2008, at 22:35, Mark Williamson wrote:
On Tuesday 15 July 2008, Ben Firshman wrote:
I understand these kernel versions use paravirt_ops or something.
this mean there is no PCI passthrough support? Can these kernels even
run with a 2.6.18 dom0? I have tried upgrading to 2.6.25-2 with no
You don't need a matching domU and dom0 kernel, so the kernel should
The paravirt_ops kernel doesn't supported PCI passthrough currently;
supports unprivileged domU functionality. If it's a paravirt_ops
you're using then you can't pass a PCI device to it.
That explains it! I was running a 2.6.24 dom0 and domU on Ubuntu with
PCI passthrough working great, so I guess that wasn't pv_ops.
Unfortunately, it was incredibly unstable, and I couldn't get it to
run for more than a few days without kernel panics. I have a feeling
it wasn't just my configuration - they managed to break the networking
in their Xen packages during their 8.04 release and for weeks after,
so I don't have great deal of trust in their packages. Is anyone else
running Xen on Ubuntu's 2.6.24 packages?
You really need a dom0-capable kernel to successfully control a PCI
Is there any reason not to just use the same kernel as dom0? Is it
Yeah, the TV card drivers I need for MythTV don't compile on 2.6.18. I
might try running the Ubuntu 2.6.24 kernel as a domU on the Debian
2.6.18 dom0, but it didn't work last time I tried IIRC.
Is there any stable way of running a recent kernel with PCI
passthrough? I'm not really bothered about the dom0 distribution, but
I'd like the domUs to be debian.
Can someone fill me in? I can't find any documentation about it
anywhere. The debian package descriptions even fail to mention which
kernels will and won't work as a dom0 - it's a matter of trial and
error for new users it seems!
That's a bit unfortunate. You basically need something that is
being a dom0 in order to accept a PCI passthrough. If the domU's
paravirt_ops then it doesn't meet this requirement.
Does the description given by apt-cache show <pkgname> mention
whether something is paravirt_ops or not?
This package provides the binary image for Linux kernel 2.6.18 on
This package provides the binary image for Linux kernel 2.6.25 on
No documentation is included with the packages either and their wiki
is vague and out of date. I'll try and clean up their wiki page for
future users if I can.
Thanks for the help!
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