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Re: [Xen-users] Usage of SDL vs. VNC

Log files are a good place to start as Ian suggested; you could also try running create with -v for verbose output.

This may be off base, but how is your RAM configured? ÂIf Dom0 has no limits it will take all the RAM and when you run create it has to balloon memory out of Dom0, this has a delay and may be why the first attempt fails and the second is successful.

If you are using Debian you can install Xorg and that should include the SDL package as well.

There are pros and concs to VNC and SDL, but it's best to understand how each works before making a decision.

VNC uses your network to connect and requires an application on the connecting machine. ÂFor example on Debian you have vncviewer, you could also install xtightvncviewer or gvncviewer. ÂI've found gvncviewer to work best for me, it does not crash when the resolution changes.

SDL allows you to connect directly to a running machine with an X window running on the host. ÂWhen you close the window the machine shuts down.

So SDL is only useful if your Dom0 has a GUI environment, VNC can be a security hole (though you can set passwords and limit access IP's). ÂVNC is better if you intend to run a machine in the background for a service, whereas SDL is nice for installation and configuration, but otherwise only good if you intend to close the machine when you are finished.

On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM, Ian Campbell <Ian.Campbell@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Please don't drop the list from the CC

On Fri, 2013-01-11 at 14:59 +0000, Muzaffer Tolga Ãzses wrote:
> I'm getting /usr/lib/xen-4.1/bin/qemu-dm: invalid option -- '-sdl'

SDL is only enabled if you have the appropriate libraries and their
development headers installed at build time. On Debian that means
libsdl1.2-dev, YMMV on other distros.


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