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Re: Installing Debian with preseed file using qemu

On 11/6/2018 5:05 PM, john doe wrote:
> On 11/6/2018 4:02 PM, Reco wrote:
>> 	Hi.
>> On Tue, Nov 06, 2018 at 03:04:25PM +0100, john doe wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I'm trying to install Debian Stretch using a preseeding file.
>>> All of this is with Qemu and  I'm not sure how  to pass the path of the
>>> preseed file:
>>> qemu-system-x86_64 -drive file=debian.img,format=raw -cdrom
>>> debian-9.5.0-amd64-netinst.iso -boot d -nographic -kernel vmlinuz
>>> -append "console=ttyS0,115200n8 auto=true priority=critical
>>> DEBIAN_FRONTEND=text preseed=preseed.cfg" -initrd initrd.gz
>>> The d-i can not find the preseed.cfg file, as anyone has any idea on how
>>> I can install Debian with a preseed file using qemu?
>> Since you do not specify "-net", that means "-net user".
>> As [1] shows us, "-net user" comes with built-in TFTP server.
>> So, you either replace your "-kernel", "-initrd" and "-append" with TFTP
>> invocation, and install Debian as if it was installed from TFTP.
>> Or rebuild d-i initrd to include your preseed.cfg.
> Thank you, I didn't think to install debian using PXE with qemu acting
> as tftp server.

Ok -- I have downloaded/extracted netboot.tar.gz and I use the following

"qemu-system-x86_64" -drive file=debian.img,format=raw -m 8126 -accel
hax   -machine q35 -boot n -device e1000,netdev=n1 -netdev
user,id=n1,tftp=$PWD,bootfile=/pxelinux.0 -nographic

I get the error "could not read the boot disk".

Any thoughts on what I'm missing?

John Doe

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