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Re: specifying virtio block device as root filesystem for Debin S390X install?

On Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 08:47:51PM -0400, Kevin Kwan (Personal) wrote:
> Is it possible to specify a virtio block device as a root filesystem within
> the Debian s390x installer?   I specified a virtio disk for
> qemu-system-s390x, and through some miracle was able to get the virtio
> networking up and running via the latest debian s390x kernel/initrd, and had
> no issues up until the disk partitioner.  The partitioner was able to see
> the disk (/dev/vda) and allows partitions to be created (vda1/2/etc), but it
> does not allow it to be used.  The partition disks section only allows the
> option of swap space, physical volume for encryption, and "do not use". 

I wonder how you got into the disk partitioner in the first place. All
my tries caused fatal errors in the DASD configuration part and it
wouldn't let me proceed. So s390-dasd will need a fix to detect this
situation. After I deactivated s390-dasd's postinst, it proceeded into
the installer and offered all filesystem options. (I'm not saying that
the result would work, just that the partitioner created filesystems

How did you invoke qemu? (Which seems to be incredibly fiddly,
especially at HEAD.) What version?

Kind regards
Philipp Kern

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