After struggling with XEN‘s source for around two weeks, I’ve finally managed to get it working on a Ubuntu 8.04. It was fairly straight forward with a few bits and pieces of trouble. That is mainly due to the problems of incompatibility between different versions of the hypervisor and
So, here’s how I did it. This is more for archiving purposes than for teaching. So, use whatever you can. Post any queries and I’ll see if I can help.
First, though, you need to get the prerequisites installed on your system. I had a lot of trouble with the compilation because xen build scripts don’t check for prereqs before starting. It kept stopping in the middle of the build because of missing packages. So, here’s the complete list of all the packages you need for building this version of xen. Just execute:
# sudo apt-get install build-essential mercurial gawk zlib1g-dev libzzip-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev xorg-dev gettext libncurses5-dev python2.5-dev texinfo texlive-latex-base texlive-latex-recommended texlive-fonts-extra texlive-fonts-recommended transfig bridge-utils uuid-dev
Xen also requires Dev86. Get that from here (You only need the binary, not the source. I got Dev86bin-0.16.17.tar.gz) Copy the .tar.gz file to
/ — your filesystem root and extract it.
Now, get the xen-unstable source. In my case, this was xen-4.0.0-rc3.
# hg clone http://xenbits.xensource.com/xen-unstable.hg
That might take just a little while. This only gets the hypervisor source. The
dom0 kernel source will be downloaded by the build script. Start the building process:
# make world
In the future, if you wish to rebuild the code without losing all the configuration change, just
make dist .
This builds the hypervisor, downloads the associated
dom0 kernel source (which might take a lot of time), builds xen-tools and other smaller packages. Install the whole thing using:
After all that, you should have
xen.gz and the kernel (which in my case was 126.96.36.199) in the /boot directory.
It’s a good idea to create an initrd image. To do so, execute the following two commands:
# depmod -a 188.8.131.52
# update-initramfs -c -k 184.108.40.206
You now need to add the following directives to
/boot/grub/menu.lst to enable booting into xen:
title Xen 4.0 w/ Linux 220.127.116.11
kernel /boot/xen.gz dom0_mem=524288
module /boot/vmlinuz-18.104.22.168 root=/dev/hda1 ro
Where /dev/hda1 is your linux partition. (You can get that from
sudo fdisk -l.)
Reboot and you should be in Xen. Start the Xen daemon and take a look at your brand new
# /etc/init.d/xend start
# xm list
Next tutorial on how to create a
domU and then move on to more exciting stuff such as DRTM!