Tag: "virtualbox"

  • Recently, as I built VirtualBox 6.0.8 from source in my Debian -based AMD64 Metztli Reiser4 development environment, I came across pre- Linux kernel 4.14.x virtual machines which had been formatted in Software Format Release Number (SFRN) 4.0.1. It is important to remember reiser4 in the context of Linux kernel 4.14, because:
    "In accordance with Reiser4 development model we announce a new software framework release 4.0.2 of Reiser4 kernel module and Reiser4progs. So, before the next mount session please don't forget to check your old reiser4 partitions by new fsck to update things (not urgently)."
    Reiser4 for Linux-4.14, Reiser4progs-1.2.0, Libaal-1.0.7, Format 4.0.2

    My Metztli Reiser4 for AMD64 current development environment is running reiser4 -enhanced Linux 5.0.15-1 hacked around a Debian kernel packaging for 5.0.13-1 experimental wrapper from master branch:


    uname -a

    Linux huitzilopochtli 5.0.0-1+reiser4.0.2-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 5.0.15-1+reiser4.0.2 (2019-05-11) x86_64 GNU/Linux

    Side note: In an effort to diagnose sporadic build-time reiser4 -patched kernel hangs which crept into kernels 4.15.x and above, I have based its build in solid Debian packaging for Linux kernel 4.14.x debian/config/config (attached below) which directives customize the final debian/build/build_amd64_none_amd64/.config that builds my reiser4 hacks of Debian kernel packages for Metztli Reiser4 installer UDEBs, as well as userland DEBs.

    To build VirtualBox 6.0.8 on Metztli Reisr4 development environment for AMD64 I fulfilled the following dependencies:


    apt-get -t stretch-backports update
    dpkg --add-architecture i386
    apt-get -t stretch-backports install lib32z1 lib32ncurses5 libc6-dev-i386 lib32gcc1 gcc-multilib lib32stdc++6 g++-multilib gcc g++ bcc iasl xsltproc uuid-dev zlib1g-dev libidl-dev libsdl1.2-dev libxcursor-dev libasound2-dev libstdc++5 libpulse-dev libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev python-dev libcap-dev libxmu-dev mesa-common-dev libglu1-mesa-dev libpam0g-dev libxrandr-dev libxinerama-dev makeself libdevmapper-dev default-jdk texlive-latex-base texlive-latex-extra texlive-latex-recommended texlive-fonts-extra texlive-fonts-recommended genisoimage libvpx-dev libvncserver-dev libssl-dev libqt5x11extras5-dev qttools5-dev-tools make libopus-dev

    dmesg : found disk format 4.0.1

    Once I had VirtualBox 6.0.8 successfully built, I enabled vboxdrv and vboxnetflt modules, set relevant path to its bin directory, fired up executable VirtualBox type 2 hypervisor from my shell in Terminology 1.4.99, and selected at random an approximately 400Gb virtual machine formatted in old gzip -based transparent compression.

    Once inside the virtual machine I upgraded the Metztli Reiser4 Debian -based software:


    apt-get -t stretch-backports update
    apt-get -t stretch-backports dist-upgrade

    It was running reiser4 -enhanced Linux kernel 4.12.xy with equally relevant older reiser4progs 1.1.x.y. Accordingly, first thing I did was install reiser4progs 1.2.x.y from Reiser4 SFRN 4.0.2 reiser4progs 1.2.x-y for stretch-backports.


    dpkg -i reiser4progs_1.2.0-3_amd64.deb

    Subsequently, I installed my current Metztli Reiser4 enhanced Linux kernel from Reiser4 SFRN 4.0.2 Linux 5.0.15-1 for Debian stretch-backports


    dpkg -i linux-image-5.0.0-1+reiser4.0.2-amd64_5.0.10-1+reiser4.0.2_amd64.deb

    Then I powered off the virtual machine. I knew I had to mount it under another recent virtual machine to completely upgrade it to reiser4 SFRN 4.0.2. Not difficult since I often test reiser4 formatted slices in VirtualBox which I then customize for Google Compute Engine (GCE) cloud environments. I chose a reiser4 2TB slice host, Xochiquetzal, to complete the SFRN 4.0.2 upgrade procedure by mounting the target 400Gb under xochiquetzal's /mnt point.

    The result is the ~ 6 minutes video teaser above.

    Indeed, I also showcased (besides my typing mistakes :)) ) my fork of GNU Parted hack, Reiser4 Parted 3.2-21 for stretch-backports, which I installed as:


    dpkg -i libparted2_3.2-21+reiser4.0.2_amd64.deb parted_3.2-21+reiser4.0.2_amd64.deb

    Needless to say, all the reiser4 kernel and utilities I used are automatically installed if you do an Metztli Reiser4 USB/ISO netboot based Debian for AMD64 installation.

    Xochiquetzal : Gorgeous Flower -- literally -- a Divinity and Archetype of the Mexicah Concept of Female Beauty.
    Вики Одинцова ~ Viki Odintcova
    Елена Воронина ~ Elena Voronina
    Eлена Ващенко ~ Elena Vashchenko
    Евгения Зотова ~ Evgenia Zotova

  • Giving a preliminary spin to Terminology 1.4.0 and its support and/or lack thereof copy/paste Cyrillic, etc. characters.

    NOTE: As of Terminology version 1.4.99 (05-04-2019), it fully supports Cyrillic copy/pasting operations.

    Install locales (you need root or super user privilege):


    apt-get -t stretch-backports update
    apt-get -t stretch-backports install locales

    Check which locales you have:


    locale -a

    Install/reconfigure additional locales and/or set default locale:


    dpkg-reconfigure locales

    On a side note most of my virtual machines are built either in Reiser4/Zstd transparent compression and/or regular reiser4 formatted rootfs.

    For a long time -- since VirtualBox 5.1.32 built under my hack of Debian Linux kernel 4.20 (GitHub) -- I struggled to understand why I was not able to reiser4 -format a 2TB slice in VirtualBox 6.x.y. any longer. Turns out that Debian packaging maintainers' default configuration setting for subsequent Linux kernels was modified:



    This setting prevents VirtualBox from fully supporting reiser4 --if at all-- because it corrupts even existing rootfs reiser4 -formatted virtual machines by sporadic, unpredictable hangs of the operating system.

    Accordingly, the kernels that I build all have that setting reverted as:


    as it is a fact that I 'eat my own cooking' and the resulting reiser4 -patched kernels are used in turn to build VirtualBox releases for Metztli IT services.

    Enlightenment (E21) Window Manager
    Eлена Ващенко : Elena Vashchenko
    Russian Pattern Vector
    Re: Reiser4 Linux 4.17.19-1 hangs in Google cloud VM, too.
    How to install/change locale in Debian?