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Old 30th November 2006, 12:52
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Default Xen 3.0.2 /3.0.3 | No Swap in DomU

Hello.

I have set up Xen 3.0.2 and 3.0.3 using the howto "http://www.howtoforge.com/debian_sarge_xen_3.0.3".

The Dom0-system and the DomU-system are running on Debian 3.1.

So far it works, except for some (minor) problems.

First:
If I use the compiled xen-kernel (the one created with "make world" and "make install"), the host system works fine, no problems at all.

If I use the xen0-kernel, created by using "make linux-2.6-xen0-config CONFIGMODE=menuconfig KERNELS="linux-2.6-xen0"" (step 4.2 in the above mentioned howto), i get some ugly load-problems using the host system.
I.e. copying a file from /dev/hdc1 to /dev/hda4 takes forever, the kjournald takes 99,9% of cpu time (the same happens if I use ftp to copy anything to the host machine).
So working with the xen0-kernel is not possible.


Second:
I ran into some problems with my virtual machines.
They start up ok and run without problems as long as I don't do anything that requires a large amount of memory.

The problem: the VM's don't use swap memory. The config file looks like this:

Code:
name="vm01"
kernel="/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.16.29-xenU"
root="/dev/sda1"
memory=128
disk=['file:/mnt/storage/vserver/vm01.img,sda1,w','file:/mnt/storage/vserver/vm01-swap.img,sda2,w']

# network
#vif = ['mac=00:00:00:00:00:01' ,'bridge=xenintbr']
vif = ['ip=10.80.0.2']
dhcp ="off"
ip="10.80.0.2"
netmask="255.0.0.0"
gateway="10.80.0.254"
hostname="vm01"

extra="3"
So the VM should be able to use swap.

Output of "cat /proc/partitions" inside the VM:

major minor #blocks name

8 1 1024000 sda1
8 2 512000 sda2

I honestly don't understand why the virtual machines don't use swap at all.

I recently purged hotplug, replacing it with udev, but that didn't change a thing (even compiled a new kernel).

I would appreciate any help.

Regards,
Merc


ps:
I searched the xen-source-forum but didn't find a solution to the above mentioned problems.
The swap-problem was mentioned there, but no solution (it was said using udev instead of hotplug would solve the problem, but it didn't, at least not for me).
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