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Re: [virt-tools-list] problems with domain installation

On Fri, 11 Dec 2009, Cole Robinson wrote:

On 12/11/2009 09:22 AM, Tomas Macek wrote:
On Fri, 11 Dec 2009, Cole Robinson wrote:

On 12/11/2009 03:52 AM, Tomas Macek wrote:
I need to run the installation from the command line and not from the X window
interface like virt-manager, but the only thing I see is always the "Escape
character is ^]" as the output.
I've spent a lot of time googling what I'm doing wrong, but the only replies
I've found was "... the vnc access is better, use it..." or that I should
redirect the installation console to serial device - I think I'm doing it with
the "-x console=/dev/ttyS0", so what's wrong?

As far as I know that should work. Is the VM crashing maybe? What
happens above after the domain creation, does the console just sit there
after 'Escape character is ^]' or does it exit immediately? If it exits,
something went wrong.

Yes, the console does only sit there and does nothing else. The only
output from this was one character "?" written with black font with white
background (sorry, my english is poor) - it is some special char and this
"output" was after about 3 seconds. I was waiting for some other output
for some minutes, but nothing else happened. The
VM is not crashing IMHO, because I'm trying simultaneously connect using
virt-manager (in X window) and it shows, that virtual machine spends some
CPU time and memory. I can normally destroy it. And yes - this way I don't
see anything, because of the "--nographics", so I'm not absolutely sure,
what is going on in the virtual guest.

When you say you are unable to connect using virsh console, do you mean
it doesn't print anything or the command fails? If it fails, please post
the output.

The only output is in my original post, nothing else.

Strange is, that this behaviour is simillar to the debian installation
over the internet. According to the debian's doc the debian should know
"console=/dev/ttyS0" just like fedora, but the result is the same.

I spent on this 2 days searching the internet and testing (hope) everthing
as far as I had invention...

Hmm, I just tried this and reproduced your failure. However, changing
the extra args from '-x console=/dev/ttyS0' to just '-x console=ttyS0'
fixed it for me. Sorry I mentioned the incorrect args on IRC yesterday,
hopefully the above fix helps you out.

Thank you very much! This made the job! The "-x console=ttyS0" is the proper variant for this option :) I tried this with Debian Etch and Fedora 12. The Fedora 12's Anaconda failed with traceback, Debian finished the installation well, but I've forget to redirect the output from the system and now it's unreachable :))

But the things are now OK - I'm able to install in text console and that's great. Maybe this example could be a part of manual page...

I've also tried to pass the "-x console=ttyS0" when installing from ISO image from the disk. This does not work - I know it should not work, because of the manual "Additional kernel command line arguments to pass to the installer when performing a guest install from "--location". I'm I somehow able to pass the kernel commands and so redirect the output to ttyS0 when installing from ISO image from the disk?

Thank you

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