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Re: [Xen-users] Invalid argument - pfSense domU on Alpine Linux

Answering my own question for the archives: 

It's (sort of) in the FAQ's at: 

The error message is the same as the second entry if you're on older hardware that lacks the Intel VT-x or AMD-V extensions. I'll update the wiki once I can get access, but the request page for editor access gives a 404. :-P


Paul Suh
VP of Deployment
Cypient Black

On Mar 5, 2019, at 3:54 AM, Paul Suh <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


I'm new to Xen although fairly well versed otherwise in basic Linux and FreeBSD sysadmin stuff. 

I have a fresh, up-to-date install of Alpine Linux using their pre-built Xen dom0 distro. 

Alpine 3.9
Xen 4.11.1

I have been able to successfully create a Alpine Linux domU on this system. 

I want to create a pfSense domU, but I clearly have a problem in my cfg file syntax, and the error message is not very informative. 

My cfg file contents: 
builder     = 'hvm'
vcpus       = 1
memory      = 512
maxvcpus = 1
name = 'pfsensetest'
firmware = 'bios'

disk = [
        'format=raw, vdev=hda, access=w, target=/root/pfsensetest.img',
'format=raw, vdev=hdc, access=r, devtype=cdrom, target=/root/pfSense-CE-2.4.4-RELEASE-amd64.iso'

boot = "dc"

The error message I get is:

libxl: error: libxl_create.c:589:libxl__domain_make: domain creation fail: Invalid argument
libxl: error: libxl_create.c:964:initiate_domain_create: cannot make domain: -3

How can I determine where the syntax error might be? 


Paul Suh
VP of Deployment
Cypient Black

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