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Re: [Xen-devel] Loading FreeBSD in an HVM-domain on Intel-based host with GRUB

  • To: Igor Chubin <igor@xxxxxxx>, <xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • From: Keir Fraser <Keir.Fraser@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2008 08:34:40 +0000
  • Delivery-date: Thu, 07 Feb 2008 00:34:31 -0800
  • List-id: Xen developer discussion <xen-devel.lists.xensource.com>
  • Thread-index: AchpZEephmRcltVXEdymTgAWy6hiGQ==
  • Thread-topic: [Xen-devel] Loading FreeBSD in an HVM-domain on Intel-based host with GRUB

Actually I thought the FreeBSD issues were to do with vmxassist (which I
finally removed from xen-unstable yesterday) but I see there are problem
reports with amd64 as well. Still, it would be good if you could try booting
FreeBSD with latest xen-unstable, else point me at a suitable FreeBSD ISO to
download which exhibits this issue?

 -- Keir

On 7/2/08 08:26, "Igor Chubin" <igor@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hello all,
> please tell me, 
> is it possible (at least theoretically)
> to circumvent bug 622 [1] by using
> GRUB instead of /boot/loader to load FreeBSD kernel?
> Or it is silly idea: even if we bypass /boot/loader we will
> not be able to run FreeBSD kernel in a HVM-domain on a
> Intel-based host for some other reason?
> As far as I know, GRUB can't load FreeBSD kernel
> directly, but only can make chainloading using /boot/loader.
> Certainly, it is not the solution, but there were patches
> to GRUB that allow to boot FreeBSD directly [2].
> I want to try to use it and eliminate /boot/loader
> from boot process at all.
> What can you say about this idea?
> [1] http://bugzilla.xensource.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=622
> [2] http://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?10728

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