[Slackbuilds-users] hope this isn't a stupid question

Tim Dickson dickson.tim at googlemail.com
Wed Apr 8 15:24:26 UTC 2020

i use qemu 4.0 to do just that (4.1 requires stuff from current, and I 
didn't want to pollute my host slack stable)
something like
qemu-img create -f qcow2 /data/images/slack14.2_64bit_base.qcow2 100G
will create a virtual disk drive 100G which you can snapshot, if you 
want to reverse changes,
configuring the bridge in /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf
create /etc/qemu/bridge.conf  containing a single line
allow br0

and using
nohup qemu-system-x86_64 -cpu qemu64 -smp 4 -m 8G -drive 
file=/data/images/slack14.2_64bit_base.qcow2,format=qcow2 -cdrom 
/mnt/smb1/slackware/iso/slackware64-14.2-install-dvd.iso -boot c -net 
nic,macaddr=02:00:00:11:11:18,model=i82551 -net bridge,br=br0 
-enable-kvm -k en-gb -display vnc=:1 -monitor 
telnet:localhost:7100,server,nowait,nodelay &

runs a vm with 8GB ram (assuming you have enough real ram to give it 
that), a virtual dvd drive with the slack installer iso - for 
installing, and setting the output to vnc and telnet. this way you can 
telnet to see the console tty, or/and vnc (port 5901 to see it and any 
xwindows stuff you run, and off course if you set it up, you can telnet 
or ssh to the vm directly as well.

obviously change the paths to suit your preferred setup.

Regards, Tim

On 08/04/2020 14:43, Glenn Becker wrote:
> Hi -
> I am thinking of buying a smallish laptop to dedicate to Slackware. 
> I've usually done double-, triple- and occasionally more- boot 
> machines, but my distro-hopping is (I think!) coming to an end.
> And I was wondering ... if I ran slack-current as my main system, but 
> ran slack-stable in a VM, could I use the latter to work on my 
> SlackBuilds? I'm by no means well-versed in what is possible or 
> impossible with VMs.
> Thanks,
> Glenn Becker
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