[CentOS-virt] Can I install Slackware 13.1 as Xen-Guest?

Mon Jul 26 17:07:08 UTC 2010
Eric Searcy <emsearcy at gmail.com>

On Jul 26, 2010, at 7:05 AM, Wendy William wrote:

> No error message. The installation show Slackware boot: press ENTER or F2. But when I press ENTER or F2 then nothing happend.
> I am using Slackware 13.1 32 bit.

I haven't done this since Slackware 11 for a client, but at the time the Slackware kernels didn't have the Xen guest extension.  So I was never able to complete an emulated CD-based installation ... [1] 

So, the last time I ran Slackware as a domu I think I ran pkgtool with a different target dest: to the domu disk mounted in the dom0.  Like installing Debian/Ubuntu with debootstrap.  And then I booted off a custom-built kernel located the host (no pygrub).  ... except I can't remember how I would have gotten pkgtool on my non-Slackware dom0 ... it's also possible that I did such an installation on a loop-mounted disk image on a Slackware installation, and then copied that image over and dd-ed it to my domu's disk.  (Even tarballing it over would work fine if you have the right options, though I suspect I went the dd route.)

YMMV since it's been years since I did this, it but could give you some other avenues to try besides CD-based install.


[1] I typically avoid emulated CD installs anyhow because they are tedious (hard to automate/script).  I prefer some sort of installation from the host: debootstrap, Gentoo untar/chroot.  I guess it breaks down with CentOS guests where I don't exactly do this: instead of using a CD, I boot to os/$arch/images/xen/{vmlinuz,initrd.img} with kickstart options.  I think there was some tool more like debootstrap for this I looked at several years ago (called "rope"?) but it was unmaintained at the time.