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Re: [Xen-users] domU images repository

  • To: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • From: Mark Foster <mark@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Feb 2006 10:23:50 -0800
  • Delivery-date: Wed, 08 Feb 2006 18:35:21 +0000
  • List-id: Xen user discussion <xen-users.lists.xensource.com>

Steve Kemp wrote:
>   Anyway rpmstrap looks great.  I saw it listed on freshmeat this
>  morning, although when testing it I noticed it doesn't support/handle
>  SuSE.
>   So for the moment I cannot use it.

My experience using rpmstrap from inside Debian was problematic. As most
of you know, debian uses apt and dpkg for packages, NOT rpm.

I'm sure it fills a need, but the less painful way is to spawn systems
from like systems. I found it much easier to spawn a centos-3 system
using yum --installroot and rpm --root vs. trying rpmstrap with a
quirky/unworkable set of packages. The packages dictated by the centos3
suite are (or were anyway) pointed at an old updates of centos-3 (3.4 ?)
See http://mark.foster.cc/wiki/index.php/Centos-3_on_Xen for a write-up.

The other aspect of vm creation I don't see discussed much here is the
use of templates... they can save alot of time when you need to spawn
multiple like systems. The use of templates is something that IMO should
be considered as a best practice in production scenarios. One could
easily leverage a pre-packaged image by downloading and modifying it
into one's own template.

Some days it's just not worth chewing through the restraints...
Mark D. Foster, CISSP <mark@xxxxxxxxx>  http://mark.foster.cc/

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