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Re: [opensuse] Installing 11.1 to Unused Partition From Running System?
  • From: "Greg Freemyer" <greg.freemyer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 18:59:50 -0500
  • Message-id: <87f94c370901061559w2cef6c0p436925180982d6bd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 5:37 PM, Randall R Schulz <rschulz@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Tuesday 06 January 2009 14:15, Greg Freemyer wrote:
On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 2:06 PM, Randall R Schulz <rschulz@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:
Hi,

I was wondering if it's feasible (if at all possible) to perform an
openSUSE 11.1 installation to an unused partition on my existing
10.0 system while it (the 10.0 system) is running?

I've never tried, but if you're willing to experiment:

Get a VM running based on that empty partition. (Don't use a
paravirtualized VM.)

Ha! I should have thought of that. Why not paravirtualized? Which is
VMware?

I'm pretty sure VMware is NOT paravirtualized.

But now that I think about it, paravirtualized might work too.

The issue is drivers for your hardware.

In a normal SUSE install, the kernel has all the drivers available as
modules and does hardware autodetect each time you boot to figure out
what hardware you have.

So when you switch your platform from VM to real hardware the standard
autodetect logic should work for you and cause the right drivers to
kick in.

Xen is paravirtualized, so if the SUSE Xen kernel knows that it is
only going to run in a Paravirtualized VM, then it might only have the
Paravirtualized VM drivers available to it and not do hardware
autodetect. Thus when you reboot, you would not have any real
hardware drivers to work with. :(

I don't know anything beyond that, so I guess I'm just saying to be
leery of using an install that would use the Xen kernel because it may
or may not have real hardware drivers in it.

Greg
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