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Old 05-26-2010, 11:52 PM   #1
Jerry Mcguire
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Installing Fedora guests vm: Could not find an installable distribution

Hi, I'm trying to install Fedora 13 as a virtual machine, but failed. The host system is RHEL 5.4 Server with Xen. I have several other virtual machines already, but when it comes to Fedora, it always reports 'Could not find an installable distribution'.

Here are the details when creating the new VM thru GUI (virt-manager 0.6.1):

Virtualization Method: Paravirtualized
Install media: Network Install Tree (HTTP, FTP, or NFS)
OS Type/Variant: Generic/Generic
(also tried Linux/Fedora 12)
Installation Media URL: /var/ftp/pub/Fedora_13_x86_64_DVD/
(I had already `cp -r` the DVD disc content to the above location)
Storage: Block Device: /dev/sda10
(The partition is ready and empty, and partprobe'd)
Network: Shared Physical Device: peth0 (Bridge xenbr0)
Memory: 1024MB/1024MB
CPU: 1

and then it reports:
Unable to complete install 'exceptions.ValueError Could not find an installable distribution at '/var/ftp/pub/Fedora_13_x86_64_DVD/'
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/virt-manager/virtManager/", line 724, in do_install
    dom = guest.start_install(False, meter = meter)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/virtinst/", line 539, in start_install
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/virtinst/", line 594, in _prepare_install
    meter = meter)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/virtinst/", line 245, in prepare
    self._prepare_kernel_and_initrd(guest, distro, meter)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/virtinst/", line 194, in _prepare_kernel_and_initrd
    type=self.os_type, distro=distro)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/virtinst/", line 156, in acquireKernel
    scratchdir, type, distro)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/virtinst/", line 136, in _acquireMedia
    scratchdir=scratchdir, arch=arch)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/virtinst/", line 100, in _storeForDistro
    raise ValueError, _("Could not find an installable distribution at '%s'" %
ValueError: Could not find an installable distribution at '/var/ftp/pub/Fedora_13_x86_64_DVD/'
The same error occurs at installing Fedora 12 as VM too.

What do I need? Please. Thanks.
Old 05-28-2010, 01:25 PM   #2
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Whenever I install a vm I use the OS disc image I downloaded, and point virt-manager at that. It needs to be a bootable image, so copied files won't cut it, I don't think.
A network install needs to have a certain structure and meta files similar to a yum repo.

But I am using KVM not xen, so YMMV.
Old 05-28-2010, 02:57 PM   #3
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If you want to point the installer to a bunch of files, you'll still need something bootable, like the minimal boot.iso, and then the distribution files have to be accessible over network (http/nfs/ftp)
Old 05-31-2010, 06:43 AM   #4
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Thanks. It's solved.

virt-manager accepts the iso image instead of the files.
Old 09-08-2010, 05:37 PM   #5
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Are you saying you installed Fedora 13 as a VM on a RHEL 5.4 server using xen? Ive been trying to do the same(except using CentOS 5.5) But I've been getting errors. Did you use a special Fedora xen kernel? What steps did you do to install it? I was using the xm create command to make mine...


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