Bug#498879: LILO fails when doing XFS on / on KVM virtual disk - Debian

This is a discussion on Bug#498879: LILO fails when doing XFS on / on KVM virtual disk - Debian ; reassign 498879 lilo-installer retitle 498879 LILO fails when doing XFS on / on KVM virtual disk thanks On Sunday 14 September 2008, AndrĂ© LuĂ*s Lopes wrote: > Comments/Problems: > I do not use LILO personally, but as I probably will ...

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  1. Bug#498879: LILO fails when doing XFS on / on KVM virtual disk

    reassign 498879 lilo-installer
    retitle 498879 LILO fails when doing XFS on / on KVM virtual disk
    thanks

    On Sunday 14 September 2008, AndrĂ© LuĂ*s Lopes wrote:
    > Comments/Problems:
    > I do not use LILO personally, but as I probably will use XFS for
    > some future projects, I wanted to know how well supported under d-i it
    > was. The installer correctly detected I picked XFS for / and opted to
    > install LILO instead of GRUB.
    >
    > However, after selecting to install it on the virtual disk MBR
    > (/dev/vda, the virtual disk used by KVM), the installer presented me
    > with a red screen saying that lilo-installer exited with code 1 and
    > exited.


    Are you sure that the problem is XFS? It could also be that lilo does not
    support KVM's /dev/vda. That would be my first guess.
    If that is the case, the next question is whether the problem is in
    lilo-installer or lilo itself.

    Can you repeat the installation with a 'set -x' added in lilo-installer's
    postinst and send the resulting syslog?
    Could you maybe also try / on XFS in an emulator (qemu, virtualbox or
    vmware), i.e. on a "normal" hard disk?

    Cheers,
    FJP



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  2. Bug#498879: LILO fails when doing XFS on / on KVM virtual disk

    reassign 498879 lilo
    severity 498879 wishlist
    retitle 498879 lilo: please add support for virtio drives
    thanks

    On Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 06:58:17PM -0300, AndrĂ© LuĂ*s Lopes wrote:
    > Frans Pop escreveu:
    > > Are you sure that the problem is XFS? It could also be that lilo does not
    > > support KVM's /dev/vda. That would be my first guess.
    > > If that is the case, the next question is whether the problem is in
    > > lilo-installer or lilo itself.
    > >
    > > Can you repeat the installation with a 'set -x' added in lilo-installer's
    > > postinst and send the resulting syslog?
    > > Could you maybe also try / on XFS in an emulator (qemu, virtualbox or
    > > vmware), i.e. on a "normal" hard disk?

    >
    > I'm not sure who's at fault here. But it seems it's lilo or
    > lilo-installer as you suggested, as a new install under VirtualBox
    > didn't demonstrated this problem and LILO was installed fine.


    In the syslog of the installation done using virtio drives, the relevant
    message is:
    Fatal: Linux experimental device 0x04x needs to be defined.

    So support for virtio drives needs to be added in LILO and
    lilo-installer should just work. I am therefore reassigning this bug to
    lilo.

    If this is not fixed for Lenny, this should be documented as an
    installer erratum.

    Cheers,
    --
    Jérémy Bobbio .''`.
    lunar@debian.org : :â’¶ : # apt-get install anarchism
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