#66 Remove dependency on Xandros VM


I have a Linux machine. Despite that it seems the only way to create and EeePC VMware image is to:
1) first create a VMware Xandros VM
2) then copy the EeePC ISO there (although I already had it on my PC)
3) then run vmware-convert to create the image inside the Xandros VM
4) copy the VMDK file out of the Xandros VM so I can use it in my existing VMware installation

Clearly steps 1, 2 and 4 are unnecessary and also a major pain to go through, especially creating the Xandros VM (takes a lot of time and disk space).

It seems all that is really needed to create the EeePC VMware image is:
* /usr/bin/vmware-convert
* /usr/share/vmware-convert
* also helpful would be to have access to the SDK PDF

These elements are not readily accessible on the EeePC SDK CD (though I did find the xandros-asus-sdk-guide but not the other relevant package(s)). They are also not offered for download on SourceForge.

Yet this is what should be done; offer a tar file containing the EeePC SDK and nothing else, such that one could convert the EeePC ISO into a VMware image without incurring the overhead of a whole Linux distribution.


  • Francois Gouget

    Francois Gouget - 2008-06-18

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    Another reason to drop the Xandros VM dependency: by default the virtual disk has a size of 8GB and that's not enough!

    P.S.: I would also rename vmware-convert to something else to avoid confusion and possible name clashes for when VMware decides to call one of their tools 'vmware-convert'.

    P.S.(2): I found the name of the EeePC SDK package: 'vmware-convert'. Not the most descriptive and intuitive choice.

  • Francois Gouget

    Francois Gouget - 2008-06-19

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    Here how I ended up creating my EeePC VM:

    # Grab the EeePC ISO and the EeePC SDK (which is an even bigger ISO)

    mount -oloop EeePC-SDK-2008.04.24_19.46.iso /mnt/iso

    alien --to-tgz /mnt/iso/dists/xandros5.0/main/binary-i386/xandros/vmware-convert_2_all.deb
    umount /mnt/iso
    tar xfz vmware-convert-2.tgz
    rm vmware-convert-2.tgz

    # Optionally grab the documentation
    alien --to-tgz /mnt/iso/dists/xandros5.0/main/binary-i386/doc/xandros-asus-sdk-guide_1.0-1_all.deb
    tar xfz xandros-asus-sdk-guide-1.0.tgz
    rm xandros-asus-sdk-guide-1.0.tgz

    umount /mnt/iso

    # Then fix vmware-convert
    vi usr/sbin/vmware-convert
    # Set DEBDIR to
    DEBDIR=`dirname "$0"`/../share/vmware-convert
    # Comment out the qemu-img step and replace it with
    mv $WORK/P701L .

    # As root:
    ./usr/sbin/vmware-convert L701_EN_1.0.6.6.iso

    # This gives you a P701L file
    # Next create a VMware virtual machine. Make sure to check the
    # following points:
    # - select an IDE disk!
    # - make sure the network will work.
    # - have it boot on a Linux Live CD. Pretty much any Live CD should
    # do, as long as it has networking (this rules out the GParted
    # Live CD)

    # Boot the new virtual machine, make sure the network works, and
    # in a command terminal as root:

    ssh user@vmhost "cat /path/to/P701L" | dd of=/dev/hda bs=10M

    # Then reboot the VM and the EeePC should come up.
    # You're done.

    # But for extra points, another reboot with GParted's Live CD should
    # let you resize the partition to fill the disk (it worked for me).
    # That way you'll get gigabytes of free space without having to
    # remove important packages!
    # http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php


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