[fedora-virt] libguestfs under Debian / Ubuntu

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Thu Jun 11 18:56:17 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 06:09:50PM +0200, Tim Tassonis wrote:
> Hi all
> Just came across libguestfs and, as a qemu user, this project really 
> sound fantastic to me.
> However, when I tried to compile the latest tarball, I failed,  mainly 
> because of the inavalability of febootstrap, which obviously does not 
> exist under ubuntu, and cannot be installed due to the lack of yum under 
> ubuntu at least.

Even though Debian/Ubunut use APT for their package mgmt system, there
should not be any problem installing the YUM + RPM libraries. This 
should allow febootstrap to be built & run, and not impact your host 
OS package mgmt

> Is debian support planned, or is libguestfs designed to be a fedora-only 
> project?

It is certainly intended to be able to build libguestfs on any Linux
host with new enough fakeroot/fakechroot + YUM/RPM libraries. IMHO
it doesn't make sense to try and use different OS for its internal 
appliance image, since that's not really a distro you need to interface
with at all as a user of libguestfs.

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