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

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Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Support Pack 1 as 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.


Reported to Engineering

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-07
  • Modified Date:27-APR-12
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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