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Dear Bastian:

Many thanks for responding to the sketchy bug reports. Thanks to your help here, I have managed to get the linux-image-2.6.24-1-xen-686 kernel running as a domU kernel.

The only remaining issue seems to be that, for me, the domU console (from xmcreate -c or from xm console) does not accept input; but that is bearable.

I have listed the changes I made in a brief form below. I wonder whether it might be worth making something like this available, perhaps as a README.debian in /usr/share/doc/linux-image-2.6.24-<N>-xen-686 ? It could (judging by quite a few mailing list posts) be of some use to those who, like me, prefer to use testing (lenny) as their dom0, for reasons of security and relative stability.

Thanks again for your help, and for all your debian efforts.

Barry Tennison

The following may be needed to convert a debian installation using 2.6.18 kernels to use a 2.6.24 kernel.

(a) use a 2.6.18 xen kernel in the dom0 (see bug#466492)

(b) modify the relevant xen domU .cfg files by:
  * changing entries like root="/dev/hdaN ro" to root="/dev/xvdaN ro"
  * adding (or expanding) a line to read: extra="console=hvc0"
* possibly adding to the extra= line something like "rootdelay=5" (increase or decrease the 5 seconds according to what works)

(c) in the domU rootfs, aptitude install linux-modules-2.6.24-1-xen-686


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