[virt-tools-list] Re: virt-install: hda disks?

James Brackinshaw jbrackinshaw at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 15:11:42 UTC 2009

On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 4:51 PM, Cole Robinson <crobinso at redhat.com> wrote:
> On 09/30/2009 10:28 AM, James Brackinshaw wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Not sure if this is the right place to ask this.
> virt-install questions should be directed to virt-tools-list at redhat.com


>> I'm getting hda disks by default with kvm under RHEL5.4 using
>> virt-install. This seems an odd default. Is there a reason for hda
>> disks over sda disks? Can I change this?
> virt-install/libvirt defaults to IDE for disk devices (as does directly
> launching qemu or kvm). These disks will show up in a RHEL5 guest as
> /dev/hda, etc. In newer distros, these disks show up as /dev/sda, etc.
> It's just a matter of the RHEL5 stack being older than the hdX -> sdX
> change.
> If you want to use scsi disks via virt-install, you can use:
> virt-install --disk ...,bus=scsi
> Though AIUI it's generally considered buggy at the qemu level, and may
> even be disabled in RHEL5.4
> - Cole

Is virtio stable and recommended?

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