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Old 08-30-2011, 06:55 AM   #1
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Configuring Slackware 13.7 as guest on KVM with virtio drivers

I have installed Slackware 13.7 as a KVM guest. I did this with ide device support with Slackware. I spent alot of time trying to find how to install Slackware with virtio support but found nothing.

Now that Slackware is installed as a guest I would like to enable support for virtio driver for better performance. Could someone point me to docs or a how to that might accomplish this?

Slackware64 13.7
8 GB Ram
250 GB HD
KVM host is debian running proxmox

thanks for your help
Old 08-30-2011, 07:46 AM   #2
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Virtio-eth is easier to get working than virtio-blk. There's a way to get the the virtio-blk drivers to load with the Slackware generic initrd in the guest. I'm not sure I've seen it documented online but it's possible. I've got both vitio-eth and virtio-blk running with KVM guests but my notes are a mess. Setup requires multiple reboots, changing boot parameters, lilo and fstab in the right order.
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thanks for the reply. virtio-eth is a must have so I am trying to find something that tells how to configure. Maybe Alien Bob will see the post and comment. I know he has it running ;-).
Old 08-30-2011, 10:43 AM   #4
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since I have Slackware installed as guest using ide, would it be possible to symlink from /dev/sdx to /dev/vdx? In my peabrain, that would then give me virtio support.

any thoughts?


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