[virt-tools-list] virt-install console keys

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Thu Mar 24 19:17:27 UTC 2016

I think this may be a question about virsh or libvirt, but anyway ..

When I do a command like:

virt-install \
    --name=$tmpname \
    --ram=1024 \
    --os-type=linux --os-variant=$osvariant \
    --arch ppc64le --machine pseries \
    --initrd-inject=$(pwd)/preseed.cfg \
    --extra-args="auto console=tty0 console=hvc0" \
    --disk=$(pwd)/$output,size=4,format=raw \
    --serial pty \
    --location=http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/dists/$dist/main/installer-ppc64el \
    --nographics \

It later fails with the instructions:

  Additional details may be available in /var/log/syslog or on virtual
  console 4.

which is great, but I can find no way to get to "virtual console 4",
and that's a problem because there's no further way to diagnose this

What element of the stack is implementing the serial console and what
keys might be used to switch between virtual consoles?


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