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Re: [Xen-users] Fedora as a Guest


>Has anyone built a Fedora PV guest on Xen recently and have some instructions 
>to share?

If you have official xen packages in Centos, its likely for C7.

What I did is start from a C8 dom0 with xen-4.12.2, although xen
version is not critical.
Then the goal is to make a minimal fc31 filesystem that supports the
package manager and no more.
My approach was a debootstrap or rpmbootstrap method using special flags to rpm.

There is a blocking twist with a new capability in fc31 rpm:
    rpmlib(PayloadIsZstd) = 5.4.18-1

and C8 has this capability below, not found in C7:
    rpmlib(RichDependencies) = 4.12.0-1

If you try and install fc31 packages into a chroot from C8 it seems to
work until the transactions fail.

In order to kickoff an install of fc31 from C8 you need to rebuild and
reinstall this SRPM:

all you need is:
rpmbuild -bb --with zstd rpm.spec

and this will enable the new PayloadIsZstd capability shown above.

Once you've done the rebuild, reinstall like this:
dnf reinstall rpm-4.14.2-25* rpm-libs-4* rpm-build-* python3-rpm*

Now D/L these metadata files from fc31 repo:

prepare your block device, format it. I used an LVM, /dev/maxvm/fc31min:
<code from modified C8>
mount /dev/maxvm/fc31min /mnt/usb

// install the meta data for the 31 release
rpm -i --root=/mnt/usb fedora-repo*rpm fedora-release*rpm
fedora-release-common* fedora-*gpg*

// gpg key must be local. copy it out of the installroot
cp -p /mnt/usb/etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-31-x86_64 /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/

// rpmbootstrap it
dnf --installroot=/mnt/usb --releasever=31 install dnf
dnf-plugins-core rpm nano glibc-langpack-en

umount /mnt/usb

the above commands will install 178 fc31 packages into your minimal filesystem.
From there I setup a chroot script, entered and continued.

A similar method can install C8 from C7.
fc31 fully supports pv domU guest in kernel internals and modules.

I left out a few things, but you can find me on IRC with more details.


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