[CentOS-devel] Re: CentOS5 virtual machine image

Nils Toedtmann centos-mail at nils.toedtmann.net
Sat Jan 27 02:33:25 UTC 2007

Am Freitag, den 26.01.2007, 22:53 +0100 schrieb Daniel de Kok:
> On Fri, 26 Jan 2007 14:27:21 -0700
> "Stephen John Smoogen" <smooge at gmail.com> wrote:
> > As a hear and now.. vmware-player images of Centos-2.1/3.8/4.4 could
> > be made.
> That should be no problem, IMO it would be nice if this could be done in
> an automated manner. Since qemu-img can create VMWare disk images, this
> could be done without VMWare Workstation or Server.

Another way is to use the flat disk image that can be also used by Xen
and UML. VMware calls that image-layout "monolithicFlat". So automation
is easy again, just some losetup/fdisk/grub-magic.

Pro: one image for different VMMs; no need for qemu-img

Con: flat disk images waste space on filesystems which don't know 
     sparse files (NTFS?)


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