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FS#10219 - Use the kvm supplied bios in qemu package

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Damjan Georgievski (damjan) - Friday, 18 April 2008, 21:01 GMT
Last edited by Paul Mattal (paul) - Tuesday, 22 July 2008, 12:09 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Architecture i686
Severity Medium
Priority Normal
Reported Version 2007.08-2
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 1
Private No


I've been playing with qemu-kvm and installing the latest Ubuntu JEOS (8.04) on it. I noticed that JEOS kernel would not enable ACPI, and when using acpi=force it would hang on booting.

Also I was trying to use the new VIRTIO suport in KVM, but the neccesseary option
"-drive file=$IMG,if=virtio,boot=on" didn't work because of a missing "extboot.bin".

After some exploration, I've found the extboot.bin file in the KVM source, and copied to /usr/share/qemu/ - but still it wouldn't boot. Then I copied all the files from pkg-qemu/src/kvm-66/qemu/pc-bios/ to /usr/share/qemu/ and then I could boot with the virtio disk driver and aslo my ACPI problems were solved.

Conclusion: the bios files supplied with KVM are of better use.
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Closed by  Paul Mattal (paul)
Tuesday, 22 July 2008, 12:09 GMT
Reason for closing:  Implemented
Additional comments about closing:  Applied patch for qemu-0.9.1-5.
Comment by jon (emphire) - Monday, 30 June 2008, 07:21 GMT
  • Field changed: Percent Complete (100% → 0%)
extboot.bin is still missing. I can submit a patch for the PKGBUILD if you like.
Comment by jon (emphire) - Monday, 30 June 2008, 07:34 GMT
Attached is the patch. It compiles and copies over 'extboot.bin'. It also updates the url for the qemu source (as the old one is no longer valid).