[Slackbuilds-users] The Xenification of Slack

Chris Abela chris.abela at maltats.com
Thu Jul 29 10:03:59 UTC 2010

I assume that many of us have try their SlackBuild scripts on different
ARCH'es to ensure that it builds on all of them. Xen is claimed to be one of
the best Hypervisors, so I gave it a try, and I admit that it took more
effort than I expected. The attached is quite polished expect for the fact
that I did not manage to make it run on Slack32. This is probably not
entirely my fault as the 13.1 kernel ( is poorly supported by Xen -
possibly because the mainstrseam distros will not be employing it. The
bottom line is that I feel that it is not ready for public release.

Some of you might find the attached useful. I hope that I included the right
amount of documentation in the tarball. My installation may be viewed on

I am aware that Mario (and maybe others) are also working on a xen
SlackBuild and I hope that this is not discouraging their effort in any way,
and I would also like to thank Robby Workman who polished my xen.SlackBuild.

I also would like to share a last minute observation I made on the latest
SlackBuild template. Setting ARCH="$(uname -m)" is NOT a good idea for a for
Virtual Slack installations because they boot from xen-linux, not from their
native kernels. As there are some members of the Slackware team in this
mailing list as well, please note that slackpkg is particularly prone to
this issue as its doinst.sh hardcodes ARCH in this manner, and this might
result in the wrong list of mirrors when crossing ARCH'es.

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