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Re: [Xen-users] 4.0.1, Debian Squeeze, and p[yv]grub


> >Assuming you've installed a working domU kernel in domU -- just try to
> >switch back to grub1. Actually just manually creating a simple "menu.lst"
> >file should suffice:
> >title       Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.32-5-amd64
> >root        (hd0,1)
> >kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-5-amd64 root=/dev/xvda1 ro quiet
> >initrd      /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-5-amd64
> >(all paths should be absolute within your virtual machine.
> After going a bit square eyed looking in the logs, I noticed 
> something in xend.log that seems relevant.
> Booting with kernel= and initrd= lines, I see this in the log :
> DEBUG (image:723) image          = 
> /etc/xen/ipv6-kernel/vmlinuz-2.6.32-5-xen-686
> But booting with pygrub I see :
> DEBUG (image:723) image          = /var/run/xend/boot/boot_kernel.CxIYSU
> So it looks a bit like pygrub isn't correctly passing the root= 
> parameter through to the kernel. That might just explain why the 
> guest can't mount it's root filesystem !
Nope, it doesn't. And the reason for this is quite simple, it is how pygrub
GRUB is a real bootloader that gets its first bits on the harddisk copied
into the CPU and executed. From that moment on it is responsible for
loading other relevant parts (including operating system) and run them.
PYGRUB is a tool that is able to read filesystems (EXT*, iso9660, fat,
reiserfs, ufs and zfs. For XFS there exists a patch somewhere that works
perfectly fine for me and probably many others) and parse a menu.lst (and
a grub.cfg). And here goes the big difference: pygrub copies kernel and
initramfs to the Dom0 that needs to execute it -- just like with specifying
kernel and initramfs in DomU config.

> But, I went back to menu.lst and added root=... to the kernel line 
> which I took out for a reason I'll explain in a moment, and hey 
> presto - I now have a booted guest with pygrub :D
great. so your issues are solved.
> Now why did I take out the root=... bit ?
> AFAICT, pygrub seems to be concatenating the root= options from both 
> the guest config file and from the menu.lst file.
If you aim at using pygrub, just don't specify it in DomU config... ;-)
IMHO the option in DomU config is just ignored when using pygrub -- at
least that is what I experienced up to now.

-- Adi

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