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Diving into KVM, Part 2

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Continuing my work from Part 1, I attempted to use virt-manager to create a KVM virtual machine. The GUI asked me a bunch of questions beyond what the CLI virt-install did, such as number of VCPUs, networking config, etc. It didn’t ask me whether I wanted a GUI – it assumed I did. Upon clicking Finish, I was still plagued with this error:

virDomainCreateLinux() failed Timed out while reading monitor startup output.

Ready to start asking for some help, for some reason I decided to click Finish again. Voila, it worked! And repeated tests prove it: the first time you click Finish, it fails, the second time, it succeeds.

To be honest, this kind of “magic” bothers me. I hate it with a passion, and it’s why I tend to lean towards command line for learning most new things; because in this case, I have no idea what the issue is or why it was fixed.

I installed Fedora 7 overnight in the VM, and everything went pretty well. No lockups, full GUI, etc. I didn’t really inspect much inside VM: it took me a day to even notice I don’t have networking. However, I’m not too concerned with the VM itself right now. (During my week off I’m going to work on a side project which might help me get used to working inside QEMU/KVM VMs day to day — as well as coding Python — I tend to learn more working on side projects than real projects. More on that later.) For now, my focus is on completing my 0.1 goals.

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Written by jbopensrc

October 20, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Posted in Open Source

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  1. […] see code for more details). Before I could start to do this, I needed to install Fedora, and tinker with […]


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