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Re: [virt-tools-list] Lilo succeeds with kvm but not virt-manager

On 06/05/2010 06:00 PM, virt-tools-list-request redhat com wrote:
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Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 17:55:17 +0100
From: "Richard W.M. Jones"<rjones redhat com>
To: Daniel Janzon<daniel janzon edgeware tv>
Cc: virt-tools-list redhat com
Subject: Re: [virt-tools-list] Lilo bootloader succeeds with kvm but
	not	virt-manager
Message-ID:<20100604165517 GA4612 amd home annexia org>
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On Fri, Jun 04, 2010 at 02:03:12PM +0200, Daniel Janzon wrote:
I installed Linux Suse as a guest in virt-manager/KVM and had trouble to
install grub. So I used good old Lilo instead. When running Suse in
virt-manager Lilo fails with

   LILO - Keytable read/checksum error on bootup

When I go

   kvm -m 512 -hda SLES-10.3.img
libvirt won't have such a simple command line.  There could be other
KVM options which affect things at boot.

I have a couple of suggestions:

(1) Find out the full libvirt command line.  Easiest is to start the
domain under virt-manager and quickly use the 'ps ax' command.  (There
is a more "official" way to convert libvirt XML into a qemu command
line but I cannot recall what that is at the moment).

Smart! I did that and found out that it is the boot=on drive option that is the cause of the problem:

    -drive file=/root/SLES-10.3.img,if=ide,index=0,boot=on

For some reason it only works when it is set to boot=off. I tried <boot>off</boot> and boot="off" in the target tag in the corresponding disk tag in the XML file, but with no luck. I also tried to remove the <boot dev='hd'/> from the os tag. I did do a "/etc/init.d/libvirt-bin reload" just in case. Is there any way to get control the boot option from the XML file?

(2) Use virt-rescue or guestfish and see if you can install grub in
the domain.  In guestfish it'd be something like this:

   guestfish -i GuestName
   ><fs>  mkdir-p /boot/grub
   ><fs>  grub-install /boot /dev/sda1

(You might need to change those command slightly and read the man page
for virt-rescue, guestfish and/or grub-install).

Ok, thanks for the tip. I will consider it if it impossible to control the boot option as explained above. Or maybe I'll just settle with being annoyed and start the machine from the command line :)

All the best,
Daniel Janzon

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