On Sun, 2018-08-12 at 00:25 +1200, Richard Hector wrote:
> On 12/08/18 00:16, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > On Sat, 2018-08-11 at 22:58 +1200, Richard Hector wrote:
> > [...]
> > > I'm mostly familiar with the netinst image, and it's what I generally
> > > use to install on real hardware.
> > > 
> > > I'm less familiar with netboot, but have used it for PXE installs (right?)
> > > 
> > > What I'm missing is how I can use either of them on a remote KVM VPS,
> > > where I get to see the boot process on some kind of remote console, and
> > > I have the opportunity to provide a bootable ISO, but not much else.
> > > 
> > > I've tried providing the netinst ISO, and it boots but can't find itself
> > > for installing packages.
> > 
> > OK, so you're only providing the netinst ISO?  Somehow I got the
> > impression that you were providing a separate initramfs.  Sorry for the
> > irrelevant answer.
> > 
> > > Is that a matter of the appropriate storage drivers not being included,
> > > or is it the way the VPS provider set up the virtual CD?
> > 
> > It's both!  libvirt can provide (through QEMU) an emulated CD drive
> > attached to an Intel PATA controller, Intel SATA controller, LSI Logic
> > SCSI controller or virtio SCSI controller.  I've just verified that the
> > installer works for all of the first three options, but not virtio.
> > 
> > If there's an option to configure the CD drive to be attached through
> > one of the other controllers, you should choose that.  But we should
> > also add virtio drivers to the standard installer initramfs.
> Great, thanks heaps for all that effort.
> I don't think there's (currently) a way to attach it differently (though
> I could request that, and they well might do it - which might help
> people who want to install other distros too).
> But in the meantime, can I tell the installer to download a different
> initramfs which will work? Or does one of the other installer ISOs (ie
> not the netinst ones) come with a suitable initramfs?

I can see two options:

- Rebuild the standard installer with virtio-modules included, and then
  rebuild the netinst ISO image
- Build an ISO image from the netboot installer

But neither of those are easy unless you're already familiar with the


Ben Hutchings
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