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[Xen-users] How do I get rid of vfb?

Hi all,
I’m running Xen 4.1 on a couple of NetBSD dom0s and NetBSD’s pkgsrc provides 
both the xl and xm tools for working with Xen 4.1. I understand that xl is the 
new way of doing things, but I can’t get it to create my guests the way I want 
and the main symptom of this is that the text console isn’t available. 

When I create a guest with xl it starts up qemu-dm (which xm doesn’t do) and I 
get messages in the logs about frame buffers. I do not want a frame buffer. 
Neither a paravirtualised one, nor an emulated one. With xm my guests have hvc0 
as a console and that works perfectly for me. 

Xen obviously doesn’t need qemu-dm and I don’t need qemu-dm, so how do I 
convince xl to start a guest without trying to emulate some hardware with 


p.s. For reference, here is my guest configuration. The “builder” line is 
commented out when I use xm of course.

builder = “generic"
kernel = "/netbsd-612-XEN3_DOMU.gz"
memory = 1024
name = “domu"
vcpus = 1
vif = [ 'bridge=bridge0' ]
disk = [ ‘file:/disk-image,0x1,w' ]
root = “xbd0"

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