The xen management console stops working after updating a SLES10 guest to SP1

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1


SLES10 SP1 - guest system in Xen
After updating SLES10 GA to SP1 in a XEN virtual machine, xm-console stops working correctly.


Disable the virtual machine's paravirtualized framebuffer by adding "xencons=tty" to the "extra" line of the virtual machine's configuration file.

Additional Information

The issue here is that a paravirtualized SLES 10 SP1 uses the paravirtualized framebuffer (pvfb) for its primary video device. As such, once the pvfb comes online, output stops going to the console.


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  • Document ID:3029036
  • Creation Date: 02-Aug-2007
  • Modified Date:23-Feb-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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