The Syslinux boot-loader will happily boot under QEmu without an MBR.  - Shao

From: Robert Irvin []
Sent: Monday, April 08, 2013 08:53
To: Shao Miller; 'Nabi K.A.Z.'
Cc: 'colinux'
Subject: Re: [coLinux-users] Is there any way to boot the .img file ofcolinux by another virtualization software?


If you get this it will be a miracle, lots of my messages disappear.

The problem i always had booting like this was the lack of partition table in the image prevented it working. Colinux specifies partition image in config while qemu usually specifies a disk.

My method, for creating images for use in colinux, was to boot and install to a normal qemu disk in qemu. i would then mount an empty colinux disk in the image, format and dd the filesystem.

As you are attempting the opposite, i would use an existing qemu image from the web to mount a blank qemu disk and a blank colinux image. Partition the new qemu disk, format and then dd/cp colinux install to it.