[virt-tools-list] virt-install 0.400-3: cannot install

Gerry Reno greno at verizon.net
Sun Nov 22 18:38:35 UTC 2009

Gerry Reno wrote:
> Cole Robinson wrote:
>> On 11/22/2009 01:12 AM, Gerry Reno wrote:
>>> I'm trying to do a text-based install using virt-install 0.400-3 on a
>>> ubuntu server 9.10 but it is refusing to install.  Here is the form of
>>> the command I'm using:
>>> $ sudo -s
>>> # virt-install -n "DOMAIN-1" --vcpus=4 --ram=2048 --disk
>>> path=/var/lib/libvirt/images/DOMAIN-1.img
>>> --location=http://mirrors.us.kernel.org/ubuntu-releases/karmic/ubuntu-9.10-server-amd64.iso 
>>> --accelerate --network=bridge:br0 --nographics
>>> --extra-args="console=tty0 console=ttyS0,115200"
>>> I've tried local, nfs, http for locations and it either says its not an
>>> installable distribution or I get a ValueError: Invalid install
>>> location.  But I can wget the iso with no problem using the same url.
>>> Can anyone point me to what is wrong with my command line?
>> --location needs to point to an install tree, not an iso. You should 
>> be able
>> to replace --location with --cdrom to make things work. This is 
>> described in
>> the virt-install man page.
>> HTH,
>> Cole
> Ok, I just tried it replacing --location with --cdrom and it gives me 
> the exact same ValueError: Invalid install location Opening URL 
> http://....
> So I nfs mounted the iso across the network and then passed the 
> mountpoint to --cdrom and this at least creates the domain but then it 
> just sits there at "Escape is ^]" and does not do anything else.
> Is there something wrong with my console args?
> -Gerry
Here is what the domain xml looks like:

<domain type='kvm' id='7'>
    <type arch='x86_64' machine='pc-0.11'>hvm</type>
    <boot dev='cdrom'/>
  <clock offset='utc'/>
    <disk type='file' device='disk'>
      <source file='/var/lib/libvirt/images/DOMAIN-1.img'/>
      <target dev='hda' bus='ide'/>
    <disk type='file' device='cdrom'>
      <source file='/mnt/iso/ubuntu/9.10/ubuntu-9.10-server-amd64.iso'/>
      <target dev='hdc' bus='ide'/>
    <interface type='bridge'>
      <mac address='54:52:00:68:1d:53'/>
      <source bridge='br0'/>
      <target dev='vnet0'/>
    <serial type='pty'>
      <source path='/dev/pts/1'/>
      <target port='0'/>
    <console type='pty' tty='/dev/pts/1'>
      <source path='/dev/pts/1'/>
      <target port='0'/>
  <seclabel type='dynamic' model='apparmor'>


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