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Re: Kernel patches to support direct load of bzImage under Xen

On Tue, 22 Apr 2008, Ian Campbell wrote:

> The v2.08 patch has been applied upstream [0,1&2] and will be in the
> 2.6.26-rc1. Is there any reason not to apply a backport to the 2.6.25
> kernel? Having these patches applied to the kernel would be a big step
> forward in my project of making the Debian installer fully
> usable/compatible with paravirtualised guests as originally discussed at
> [3].

i'd see tomorrow if the patch is easily appliable to 2.6.25,
anyway shouldn't be a show stopper for Lenny as applied upstream.

the trouble i remember is that we still can't disable the separate Xen
images due to X86_PAE, which is not wanted in the generic 686.
> I'm not sure what the shortcomings of the maintainer scripts that
> Bastian also refers too are since the packages work fine for me in domU
> (note that dom0 is still a special case). There is a bug in update-grub
> WRT handing pvops kernels which I am investigating separately. If there
> are any other known issues me I'm more than happy to work on resolving
> them if they are brought to my attention.

how far is the 2.6.26 domU amd64 support?
> The third patch in the ticket
> xen-modules-autoprobing-support-for-frontend-drivers.patch is queued up
> in the x86 tree but isn't in mainline yet[4]. Compared with the other
> patches it's just a "nice to have" patch since it stops d-i from needing
> to prompt separately for the Xen frontend drivers to find network and
> disks.

ack i'll see also if that one applies fine.



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