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Re: [Xen-users] Xen without the X

To: Nico Kadel-Garcia <nkadel@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Xen without the X
From: Michael Watters <michael@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2007 19:39:33 -0400
Cc: "Shane D. Johnson" <SDJ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
Shane D. Johnson wrote:
I say your post yesterday and to I compiled X11R7.2 up to the libs only and tried Xen again and still had the same result. Do I need to go further and compile more of X11? I am having a hard time understanding why even the libs are needed and why I can't just get the kernels and tools I need without them? Can anyone shed some light on why this is?
Because unless you want to spend quite a lot of time reverse engineering the Xen installer to exclude the X-based utilities, like support for the VNC consoles, it's probably not worth the pain.

This is where a managed software system like deb or RPM has an advantage: the components like libraries and include files are already segmented out for you, to support exactly this sort of requirement.

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Exactly. Install CentOS, select the "Virtualization" option, and you're done. Well, there is a 2nd step.

yum install xauth vncviewer

xauth depends on xorb-libs which will be installed automatically, that should be all you need to get domUs running and view them using VNC.

You may also want to set selinux=0 in the kernel options in GRUB, I couldn't get domains to boot an iso file with it enabled. I'm sure there's a way to set SELinux to allow it but didn't have time to mess with it.

I'm a big fan of the KISS principle, compiling everything from source is a waste of time for almost no gain.

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