[libvirt-users] virt-install becoming a headache

Cole Robinson crobinso at redhat.com
Wed May 4 13:58:20 UTC 2011

On 05/03/2011 11:32 AM, Ricard Daniel Santafe Bence wrote:
> hi libvirt team!!
> i'have been trying to install a OS Guest in my Host(Centos 5.5 server with
> kernel 2.6.18-192 o 2.6.38) and i wasn't successfull. i have installed all the
> virtualization paquets of the Centos 5.5 installation, nothing more nothing less.
> my server is without GUI. i want my servers without gui too. so i want text
> based installation
> i enter the command bellow:
> [root at fsystem ~]# virt-install -n JPII -r 1024 --disk
> path=/data/images/disk.img -l /data/dist_img/CentOS_5.2_Final.iso --nographics
> --extra-args "console=tty0 console=ttyS0,115200" --network bridge:br0

Using --location with a CDROM doesn't really work all that well. The easiest
thing to do is mount that ISO somewhere and export the directory over HTTP,
then use --location http://localhost/path/to/the/mounted/iso and it should all

- Cole

> so it enters installation mode (text based), but when i enter the menu of
> "Installation Method" i can't do nothing. the option of "Local Cdrom" it
> doesn't recognise any cdrom device, the option of "Hard DISK" it sees 3
> partitionds hda,hdb&hdc that i don't have and so it doesn't recognise nothing,
> the options http, ftp & nfs-install more the same.
> also if i change in the command -l for -c or --cdrom and then change the iso
> for the path of the cdrom device it doesn't even start the installation it
> prints Escape character ^] and it stucks there instead of entering the
> installation
> if you need more information of paquets, versions i'm using you are welcome to
> ask.
> thanks for all & you are my last hope!!!!
> Atentamente
> Ricard Santafé
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