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[alpine-devel] Xen extlinux.conf

From: Florian Heigl <>
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2011 14:40:21 +0200

Hi all,

I'm still doing my first steps on AlpineLinux (but already am very
happy with it and already recommended it to a few friends as "the one
non-broken linux distro"

I want to build a Xne host right now and noticed that apk add xen
didn't yet enable Xen to boot. I found extlinux.conf and now tried to
make it load Xen. I used a few lines found at the Citrix forums.
Actually, that seems to have worked insofar as I see Xen booting, and
even the dom0 kernel boots. Unfortunately I don't get a VGA console
though :)

The entry looks like this:
label xen
        kernel mboot.c32
        append /boot/xen-4.gz dom0_mem=256M vga=mode-0x0311 ---
/boot/vmlinuz-grsec root=UUID=779aafd4-0a13-4656-abe7-8d3b92557b66
modules=sd-mod,usb-storage,ext4 vga=785 quiet ---

I could imagine that
- the vga lines are incorrect
- i specified the initrd wrong
- that i need to load some more modules (xencons? xen net/block drivers?)
- I'm missing something else on the kernel line and no console is ever
brought up.

Please: Can you let me know how you set up your extlinux config?

Also, how do you use the coffee making feature of apk? It seems undocumented!


the purpose of libvirt is to provide an abstraction layer hiding all
xen features added since 2006 until they were finally understood and
copied by the kvm devs.
Received on Sun Aug 07 2011 - 14:40:21 UTC