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Re: Installing FreeBSD 8 as domU

On Mon, May 30, 2011 at 01:29:48PM -0400, Thor Lancelot Simon wrote:
> I have an old FreeBSD 8.0-BETA2 installation I built under HVM.  It
> is difficult (in the extreme) to upgrade to FreeBSD 8.2 since their
> "mergemaster" tool has trouble with the source versions of various
> config files that were shipped in the beta versions.
> So I am trying to do a fresh domU install of FreeBSD 8.2.  I
> believe it should be possible to do an installation into a HVM
> using the normal FreeBSD install tools, then switch to the FreeBSD HVMPV
> kernel and get improved disk and network performance.

Yes, this is how I did a test freebsd install.

> However, this presently isn't working.  The boot unpredictably hangs
> either partway through autoconf, or immediately after printing out
> that it's starting sysinstall as init.  If I turn on "verbose boot
> logging (option 5 from the FreeBSD boot menu)" the timing of the hang
> gets more unpredictable, but always seems to come at some point during
> autoconf.
> Booting FreeBSD with ACPI disabled (not necessary for my old 8.0 image)
> reliably gets me to "/stand/sysinstall running as init on vty0" at
> which point things seem to lock up hard.
> Help!  What's the right way to get this to go?
> The dom0 is currently NetBSD-5-stable just prior to the 5.1 release
> point.  Xen kernel is 3.3, xentools is xentools33 of the same vintage
> as the NetBSD kernel.  I'm certainly glad to change this around if
> anyone thinks it'll help.

My dom0 is 5.1_STABLE; I did it with xen 4.1 and I think I tried with
Xen 3.3 as well.
My freebsd is amd64 ...

Manuel Bouyer <bouyer%antioche.eu.org@localhost>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference

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