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[Qemu-discuss] debian installer - text mode

From: Carl Karsten
Subject: [Qemu-discuss] debian installer - text mode
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:09:37 -0500

I am trying to run the text mode debian installer as the guest.
the host is a headless box I ssh into.

I don't need or want any graphics anything.

I think the installer probes the graphics card to figure out what it can
do.  I think qemu would not advertise any vga modes, then di would not try
to use them.  or if it does, and qemu errors, it would fall back to text

I can pass parameters to the linux kernel like (digging up 2 year old stuff
that should still be relevant:

APPEND --- debconf/priority=high auto=true netcfg/dhcp_timeout=60
fb=false \
vga=normal \

boot that from a usb stick:

qemu-system-x86_64 -m 256     -drive file=disk.cow,index=0     -drive
file=/dev/sdb,index=1,format=raw,if=none,id=thumb       -device
ide-hd,drive=thumb,bootindex=1 \
-display curses

I see this in text:

SeaBIOS (version 1.10.2-1)
iPXE (http://ipxe.org) 00:03.0 CA00 PCI2.10 PnP PMM+0FF90D40+0FED0D40 CA00
Booting from Hard Disk...

and then qemu uses 100% of my cpu and I have no idea what it is doing.

QEMU emulator version 2.8.1(Debian 1:2.8+dfsg-6)

Carl K

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