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Re: [et-mgmt-tools] Virt-Manager Valid Install Media URLs...



Cole Robinson wrote:
> Enzo Medici wrote:
>> Ok, so I've gotten a Xen kernel installed just fine and booted. Now I'm trying to get a domU installed and am having trouble with the install media urls which are not clearly explained anywhere on the internet. All I see is use a valid install url without any explanation of what that actually is. For example, you would think you could use a .iso file, but you cannot. It doesn't appear that you can use a local install extract as all I see are FTP, HTTP or NFS servers. 
>>
>> 1. What constitutes a valid install media URL? What does virt-manager look for at this URL?
>>
>> 2. How do you get a valid install media URL for a particular Linux distribution? I looked at Ubuntu
>> mirrors and don't see anything that looks like I can use.
>>
> 
> We actually don't have support in the backend for fetching kernels
> from ubuntu trees. I was playing with this over the weekend though
> and I have a patch that will fix it.
> 
> This may work at the moment though since it could be detected as
> a debian tree.
> 

FYI, fetching Ubuntu kernels is supported with the latest virtinst
release, 0.400.1

>> 3. How can you create / extract the install directory from an .iso file? I can mount the iso and copy
>> the contents to a directory, but what particular path do I use for the base directory for the install URL?
>>
>> 4. What are valid install media URLS for: Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSolaris, & Centos5?
>>
> 
> For fedora, it has varied a bit for different releases, but basically
> whatever ends in {ARCH}/os:
> 
> http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/releases/9/Fedora/x86_64/os/
> 
> CentOS is similar, but seems to have ARCH and os reversed:
> 
> http://mirrors.cmich.edu/centos/5/os/x86_64/
> 
> Debian/Ubuntu trees are everything up to the install-{arch} dir:
> 
> http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/etch/main/installer-i386
> 

All this is now documented in the virt-install man page.

Thanks,
Cole


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