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QEMU image boots into dmd

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: QEMU image boots into dmd
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:09:43 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.130007 (Ma Gnus v0.7) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

So (gnu system vm) and its friends are now able to build a bootable QEMU
image.  That’s still *very* rough on the edges, but it boots into dmd
(version -0.4 is out BTW, 10 years later ;-)).

To build it, do something like:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
$ ./pre-inst-env guile
GNU Guile 2.0.9
Copyright (C) 1995-2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

Guile comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details type `,show w'.
This program is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions; type `,show c' for details.

Enter `,help' for help.
scheme@(guile-user)> ,m (gnu system vm)
scheme@(gnu system vm)> (define s (open-connection ))
scheme@(gnu system vm)> (system-qemu-image s)
$1 = #<derivation /nix/store/yijxfnrwy3c5rv9zc9q474rv4fj91l9f-qemu-image.drv => 
/nix/store/s9fagmjmqcm14xzzb0j6aviw7nb1j12m-qemu-image 21143c0>
scheme@(gnu system vm)> (build-derivations s (list $1))
$2 = #t
scheme@(gnu system vm)> (derivation->output-path $1)
$3 = "/nix/store/s9fagmjmqcm14xzzb0j6aviw7nb1j12m-qemu-image"

$ cp "/nix/store/s9fagmjmqcm14xzzb0j6aviw7nb1j12m-qemu-image" t.img
$ qemu-system-x86_64 -serial stdio -net nic,model=e1000 -net user,smb=$PWD -hda 
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

There are several services that dmd starts [0]: mingetty on tty1-3, and
syslogd.  mingetty runs ‘login’, which uses PAM for authentication [1]
It allows you to log in as ‘root’ with no password.  On tty12 is some
output from syslogd.  Once logged in you can run incredible things such
as ‘/nix/store/*dmd*/bin/deco detailed-status dmd’.

And that’s it!  :-)

We need to at least make a proper profile, put it in $PATH via
/etc/bashrc; we need to have Guix installed in the image, and the
packages already there recognized.  There are many details to fix
(setting a host name, etc.)

Ideally Xorg + slim would be great, not sure how much effort that would

In short, if you feel like helping out, you’re more than welcome!


PS: The good news is that 90% of this work is directly reusable for a
    “real” system, and not specific to virtual images.


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