[fedora-virt] libguestfs under Debian / Ubuntu

Charles Duffy charles at dyfis.net
Fri Jun 12 12:37:01 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 5:37 AM, Emre Erenoglu <erenoglu at gmail.com> wrote:

> I see the situation. This binary distro download may also create a
> licensing problem for our Pardus distro. I guess this leaves the following
> options:
> 1- package yum and febootstrap for Pardus and use them
> 2- create a "pabootstrap" package compatible with febootstrap and build a
> Pardus appliance instead of fedora appliance
> 3- create a pre-cooked "compatible" pardus appliance image and use this one

To chime in --

It may also be possible to come up with alternate distro-independent code
for building the appliance with Buildroot from the uClibc project [
http://buildroot.uclibc.org/]; I worked on a project similar to libguestfs
in the past, and buildroot worked reasonably well for me. One concern --
libraries used on host and guest may well not be compatible, so the
libguestfs daemon will probably need to be built within the buildroot
framework when building with this option.

(I have a very simple makefile sitting around somewhere which checks out a
known-good revision of buildroot from SVN, applies a few patches, and runs
an appliance build [my own appliance, not the libguestfs one]; I'm not
offering to duplicate the work for libguestfs, but I can try to dig it up
for reference).

Richard explained some reasons why he chose to use febootstrap as a response
to my first email to this list, which I remember only inasmuch as recalling
that I found those arguments compelling -- but if 'yall are interested in
putting together a distribution-independent build option which doesn't
require yum or friends, Buildroot might be one approach.
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