Re: [vserver] Problem with installing debian guest

From: Herbert Poetzl <>
Date: Tue 14 Jul 2009 - 12:03:45 BST
Message-ID: <>

On Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 10:45:43PM -0600, David Vanfleet wrote:
> Hi, I'm runing Linux Vserver on OpenSuse 10.3 with the
> Kernel, and I'm trying to instill Debian (Lenny) as a
> guest. I installed lenny successfully with the following command:

> vserver debian_lenny_template build \ -m debootstrap
> \ --hostname
> \ --interface eth0: \ -- -d lenny -m
> [1]

> However, when I tried to start the guest I get the following error:

> /etc/init.d/rc: line 74: /etc/default/rcS: No such file or
> directory error: '/etc/init.d/rc' exited outside the expected
> code flow. An error occured while executing the vserver startup
> sequence; when there are no other messages, it is very likely
> that the init-script (/etc/init.d/rc 3) failed. Common causes
> are: * /etc/rc.d/rc on Fedora Core 1 and RH9 fails always; the
> 'apt-rpm' build method knows how to deal with this, but on existing
> installations, appending 'true' to this file will help. Failed to
> start vserver 'debian_lenny_template'

IIRC, debian changed something, and older util-vserver
do not do the proper cleanup/setup inside a guest ...
in your case, maybe creating this file (/etc/default/rcS)
inside the guest will do the trick


> I'm new to vserver but I understand that some of the services running
> in the guest need to be turned off, the ones that access any hardware
> devices. In this case I suspect that some service is trying to start
> that is not valid in a guest. I'm not sure what needs to be done here
> to fix this problem, I don't know what it means to append "true" to
> some file, I'm not even user Fedora Core or RH9. Any help here would
> be greatly appreciated. Thanks, David
> References
> 1.
Received on Tue Jul 14 12:04:06 2009

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