Hi, all --
I'm hoping that I might be able to gain some clarity here on xen
machines using an NFS-root filesystem (and what's going on with my
attempts to make them work).
Dom0 and DomU are both running SUSE Linux 10.1. Version info:
offxen0:~ # rpm -qa | grep xen-3
offxen0:~ # uname -a
Linux offxen0 126.96.36.199-0.21-xen #1 SMP Tue Aug 29 16:42:05 UTC 2006
i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
I installed the OS to a local partition, and that works fine. I rebuilt
the initrd with the xennet and nfs modules included, and that still
works fine (those modules are loaded within the initrd).
I then copied the working machine over to an NFS share, leaving a copy
of the initrd and the kernel on the host, as /tmp/initrd-xen-nfs and
However, when I attempt to start the machine, I get the following:
offxen0:~ # xm create -c /etc/xen/vm/local
Using config file "/etc/xen/vm/local".
Started domain local
Linux version 188.8.131.52-0.21-xen (geeko@buildhost) (gcc version 4.1.0
(SUSE Linux)) #1 SMP Tue Aug 29 16:42:05 UTC 2006
0MB HIGHMEM available.
264MB LOWMEM available.
ACPI in unprivileged domain disabled
Built 1 zonelists
Kernel command line:
Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
Enabling unmasked SIMD FPU exception support... done.
NET: Registered protocol family 2
IP route cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
TCP established hash table entries: 16384 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
TCP bind hash table entries: 16384 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 16384 bind 16384)
TCP reno registered
NET: Registered protocol family 1
Using IPI No-Shortcut mode
XENBUS: Timeout connecting to devices!
Freeing unused kernel memory: 172k freed
netfront: Initialising virtual ethernet driver.
Registering block device major 3
Mounting root 192.168.1.50:/space/XenMachines/master-32
mount server reported tcp not available, falling back to udp
mount: RPC: Remote system error - Network is unreachable
umount: /dev: device is busy
umount: /dev: device is busy
Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
The domU configuration that I'm using is this:
offxen0:~ # cat /etc/xen/vm/local
disk = [ 'phy:/dev/xenmachines/local-swap,hda1,w' ]
memory = 256
vcpus = 1
builder = 'linux'
name = 'local'
vif = [ 'mac=00:16:3e:57:3e:e4, bridge=xenbr0' ]
localtime = 0
ip = '192.168.1.26'
netmask = '255.255.255.0'
gateway = '192.168.1.253'
hostname = 'local'
root = '/dev/nfs'
nfs_server = '192.168.1.50'
nfs_root = '/space/XenMachines/master-32'
on_poweroff = 'destroy'
on_reboot = 'restart'
on_crash = 'restart'
extra = ' TERM=xterm'
kernel = '/tmp/vmlinuz-xen-nfs'
ramdisk = '/tmp/initrd-xen-nfs'
#bootloader = '/usr/lib/xen/boot/domUloader.py'
#bootentry = 'hda2:/boot/vmlinuz-xen'
In googling around, I've found references to two resolutions, on this
list and elsewhere:
- Switch to routed network, from bridged. I've tried swapping the
network-script and vif-script variables to 'network-route' and
'vif-route' (respectively), but that doesn't seem to have done much of
anything -- the behavior is identical.
- "Create the bridge in your initramfs" (from
tml). Which sounds like an interesting idea, but I have to admit that I
barely know what it means, and really don't know how to implement it
:-)...Can anyone enlighten me?
Alternately, is there anything that I'm just straight missing?
I tried `man 5 xmdomain.cfg`, but ran into this:
FIXME: write me
which isn't helping much...
Thanks in advance for ANY help...I'm going to go get some ice for my
forehead...it hurts from banging into this wall... :-)
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