Thanks a lot for your post. This is really usefull for all of us how are dreaming to put FreeBSD on EC2. I'll get it a try this weekend to see if I can do something. Ok, let's keep us posted through this list ! Great !
Z. > Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:00:02 -0700 > Subject: Re: FreeBSD on EC2 maybe real now ? > From: john.c.prat...@gmail.com > To: nospam...@hotmail.fr > CC: email@example.com > > I'm not familiar with EC2 myself yet, but I did play with FreeBSD > booted out of pvgrub on linode's xen system. > > It was something of a pain, and required their finnix linux setup > (some rescue linux system that they offer which did not consume my own > paid-for disk volumes) to write the OS disk image to a volume, create > the /boot fs and put the kernel into it, etc. (linode uses paravirt > which resulted in unstable FreeBSD, so I never did get a Linode > FreeBSD system setup that was acceptable) > > Depending on the ability to run one of their own provided systems on a > very tiny portion of available volume space in order to put the > FreeBSD pieces into place, it might be similar. > > I used this as my guide: > > http://www.linode.com/wiki/index.php/NetBSD_howto > > Which I had to make heavy modifications to because FreeBSD != NetBSD > (for instance, netbsd apparently compiles under linux) > > Using my experience applying that info to FreeBSD, I threw together > some documentation about all the failures I had getting FreeBSD to be > stable on paravirt. > > http://wiki.interwebfun.org/index.php?title=FreeBSD_XEN_Guests > > I imagine one of the more relevant portions of this page would be > "Building XEN Kernels" and "Creating Disk Image". > > The former shows how I built XEN kernels on my local desktop for this. > The latter details how I created the disk image for the OS volume. > Apparently I did not detail how I setup the boot fs with the kernel > image(s), so refer to the NetBSD_howto page for copying the kernels > over and booting them. > > Keep in mind that these are suggestions for a starting point when > trying to setup FreeBSD on a remote system with pvgrub, and almost > everything will need to be considered and adjusted for amazon's EC2 > environment. I had FreeBSD 7.2 with xen patches happily booting from > pvgrub on Linode's xen system, but 7.3, 8.0, 9.0 were all terribly > unstable, and most would not even boot in SMP. I'm under the > impression that HVM is far more reliable than ParaVirt for FreeBSD, > however I don't know what EC2 provides. > > I will probably play around with this a bit myself in the coming > weeks. If i run into some success, I will post an update with more > useful information. > > > -john > > > > > > On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 6:47 AM, Zladivliba Voskuy <nospam...@hotmail.fr> > wrote: > > > > Hey guys ! > > > > It seems there's a little hope to make progress with FreeBSD on EC2, as > > Amazon posted this announcement : > > http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2010/07/use-your-own-kernel-with-amazon-ec2.html > > > > I couldn't read the documentation about how to do this but they say "You > > could (if you are sufficiently adept) use this facility to launch an > > operating system that we don't support directly (e.g. FreeBSD). If you > > manage to do this, please feel free to let me know". > > > > Does anyone knows how to do this actually ? Or is this really possible ? > > > > I've been waiting for an FreeBSD ec2 image for years now ! I know there's a > > lot of persons waiting also around so if anyone knows how to make this > > happen, please post somehting !!!! > > > > Thanks ! > > Z. > > > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > > firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list > > http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-xen > > To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-xen-unsubscr...@freebsd.org" > > _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-xen To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-xen-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"