Install in VirtualBox

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mr_z
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Install in VirtualBox

Postby mr_z » 05 Mar 2014 21:07

Greetings all,

I am generally new to Linux, but over the past few months, I have decided that SolydK would be a good OS to put on my new laptop coming soon. However...

Naturally, I wanted to test it out in VirtualBox. The live version boots up just fine.
I go straight for the install without changing anything...
The install procedure is a breeze, it starts copying files no problem after I've partitioned, password-ed, etc...
Until I get to "setting hostname". It just hangs here, with no error or reason why.

After a quick search, this link is all I find on the subject:
http://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2546

Quite frankly, it doesn't provide any information.
If anyone has any information that could help with this, it would be greatly appreciated.
I certainly do not want to run into this problem during the actual install. Thanks.

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Re: Install in VirtualBox

Postby cobb » 06 Mar 2014 03:54

Not sure as I use Virtualbox a lot and haven't run into this but a quick question or two: What is the host operating system, 32 or 64 bit? And what version of SolydXK are you trying to install in the guest 32 or 64 bit? If it's 64 bit I believe it can only be installed on a 64 bit host. If it's a 32 bit version of SolydXK it shouls install ok on any host. Just something to check.
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mr_z
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Re: Install in VirtualBox

Postby mr_z » 06 Mar 2014 04:38

The host is currently Windows 7 x64.
I downloaded the x64 201401 iso.

I too use Virtual Box a lot and this is the only distro that has hung up on install.

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Re: Install in VirtualBox

Postby ScottQuier » 06 Mar 2014 12:19

Welcome mr_z!

I've discovered that to get SolydXK to install in VB, one must indicate that it's a Debian distro. Also, since you are install the 64-bit version, be sure to select the correct "version" of Debian.

Other things to watch include the amount of memory allocated to the VM, the amount of video memory allocated, the 3D acceleration.
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Re: Install in VirtualBox

Postby mr_z » 06 Mar 2014 15:40

Yes, as it is based off of Debian, I chose that at the start.
I have adequate memory and storage assigned (the same I use for every other distro).
Everything is good and it still hangs at Setting Hostname. Its rather confusing. Maybe a reinstall of the iso?

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Re: Install in VirtualBox

Postby zerozero » 06 Mar 2014 16:19

mr_z wrote:Everything is good and it still hangs at Setting Hostname
capital letters? special characters? spaces inbetween words?

just pointing out that the problem might be in the kind of hostname you are trying to use... maybe?
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Re: Install in VirtualBox

Postby mr_z » 06 Mar 2014 16:31

The hostname is valid. I just called it "virtual" (without quotes).

I also tried the 32 bit install and it does the same thing. So it may be a virtual box issue, however, like I said this is the only distro that has done this.

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Re: Install in VirtualBox

Postby zerozero » 06 Mar 2014 17:01

yep, that hostname shouldn't be a problem.
i installed (as you can imagine) dozens of our isos in VB and they work as intended.

what i suggest:
start the installer from the commandline

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gksu live-installer
post here the output (remove your username and password from the log, will be displayed in plain text)
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mr_z
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Re: Install in VirtualBox

Postby mr_z » 06 Mar 2014 17:45

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solydxk@solydxk ~ $ gksu live-installer
glibtop: Non-standard uts for running kernel:
release 3.11-2-486=3.11.0 gives version code 199424

>>> squashfs path = /lib/live/mount/medium/solydxk/filesystem.squashfs
>>> Distribution edition: solydk32
>>> Gateway: None
>>> Keyboard.loadCodes cmd = ckbcomp -model pc106 -layout us  -compact
Color: #550000
Image: /usr/share/live-installer/timezone/timezone_-10.0.png
>>> Keyboard.loadCodes cmd = ckbcomp -model pc106 -layout us  -compact
Color: #ff2a2a
Image: /usr/share/live-installer/timezone/timezone_-5.0.png
>>> Keyboard.loadCodes cmd = ckbcomp -model pc106 -layout us  -compact
 ## INSTALLATION 
Template path: /usr/share/live-installer/slideshow/template.html
 --> Installation started
EXECUTING: 'mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda2'
 --> Mounting partitions
 ------ Mounting /lib/live/mount/medium/solydxk/filesystem.squashfs on /source/
EXECUTING: 'mount -o loop -t squashfs /lib/live/mount/medium/solydxk/filesystem.squashfs /source/'
 ------ Unmounting /dev/sda2
 ------ Mounting /dev/sda2 on /target/
EXECUTING: 'mount -t ext4 /dev/sda2 /target'
 ------ Mounting /dev/sda3 on /target/home
EXECUTING: 'mount -t ext4 /dev/sda3 /target/home'
 --> Indexing files
 --> Copying files
  File "/usr/lib/live-installer/installer.py", line 233, in init_install
    self.do_copy_file(sourcepath, targetpath)
 --> Writing hostname
  File "/usr/lib/live-installer/installer.py", line 474, in finish_install
    hostnamefh.close()

Here is the output. It still hangs, and it seems it gets to the 'wrting hostname', and then closes.

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Re: Install in VirtualBox

Postby ray » 06 Mar 2014 22:35

I have personally had problems with installing Debian distros, including Solydx and others , in my Vmware Workstation systems. I have my current Solydx system set up as a Ubuntu64bit and it has been working without problems since it's installation. The reason for my change to calling it Ubuntu came about when I was having real problems with a DEbian install which had numerous errors which could not be duplicated by an online friend who's system was working perfectly. When examing the logs I found that his was setup as Ubuntu whereas mine was setup as Debian, I reinstalled as Ububntu and all my problems were resolved. Just a personal experience mind you but it might be worth a try.

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Re: Install in VirtualBox

Postby zerozero » 06 Mar 2014 22:43

just a shoot in the dark :P but i feel that the installation might be running out of space.
do you still have the same VM? start the live mode in there and post back a screenshot of gparted, please.
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Re: Install in VirtualBox

Postby mr_z » 08 Mar 2014 18:42

Here is a screen shot of gparted.

http://oi60.tinypic.com/1ghb2q.jpg

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Re: Install in VirtualBox

Postby zerozero » 08 Mar 2014 20:30

as i was suspecting: / is 3,6 GiB
it's too short to install SolydK; you need around 5,2 GiB
the best option, i think, is to install into just one partition: delete sda2 and sda3 and create one comprising all the space (except the swap)
that should work
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