chasing your tail

In my earlier builds (v66) of opensolaris xen domUs i’d already been through the playing around with the networking bug. So realistically you would document all of the steps that you took with the physical nic and virtual nic’s etc.. whoops

I decided that i’d do a fresh install with (v77) of opensolaris, which after discovering in the bug report has a kernel problem with mounting HSFS. This means that it can’t use an install cd properly (genius), the bug report suggests doing a NFS install which is fantastic(regarding the networking bug requires a reboot and the boot_archive updating).


bash-3.2# uname -a
SunOS host-a 5.11 snv_77 i86pc i386 i86xpv

Notes to follow

Bleeding edge sometimes makes too much mess

As my continual ‘tinkering’ I prefer to think of it as fannying around I decided that my half-baked/uncompleted solaris domU’s may as well be built from the latest version of open solaris, generally released quite regularly. Latest is 77, which as i managed to find after an hour of fiddling has a bug — YOU CANT INSTALL IT.

So luckily i’ve found version 75 which im downloading ever so slowly from a russian site, hopefully by tomorrow I can start to re-do my domU 🙂

Solaris install hang

Setting up Java, please wait... *HANG*

Not really investigated this issue fully, however thanks to baggy there is an easy solution. In the boot options select:

6. Single user mode

This will drop you straight to a shell where we can start the install process manually. The normal (console) install follows these steps:

1. mount cd-rom

2. dhcp network interfaces

3. do some java initialization

4. start the solaris install procedure

It is step 3 where the installation process hangs for some reason, so we simply manually do these steps. From the shell:

mount -F hsfs  /dev/dsk/c0d6p0 /cdrom

Should you wish to play with the java initialisation then: