Info file does not get picked up when installing Xen VM

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 1

Situation

According to the man page for vm-install, the SLES installation program should search for an info file in the directory specified in --os-settings /some-directory when installing SLES as (a paravirtual) DomU.
Although the autoinst.xml file in the same directory is picked up and processed by the DomU, the info file is not. It is not even searched for by linuxrc.

Resolution

Looking into /var/log/xen/domain-builder-ng.log shows that the directory is searched for the autoinst.xml file and it is added to the cmdline. However this is not the case for the info file.

The fix for this is included in vm-install-0.4.29-0.3.1, which was released as part of the update for Xen on the 24th of March 2011.

The problem can be worked around by specifying the info file as additional argument in the GUI version of vm-install :
info=disk:/info
or
--extra"info=disk:/info" if using the command-line version of vm-install.

An example for a command-line initiated installation that works :
vm-install --name sles11sp1-vm1 --background --para-virt -m 512 -M 1024 --os-type sles11 --source
http://192.168.0.8/sle/sles11sp1x8664/CD1 --nic bridge=br0 --os-settings
/tmp/vm-settings --extra "info=disk:/info"

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  • Document ID:7007294
  • Creation Date: 03-Dec-2010
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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