Re: [vserver] Problem with installing debian guest

From: David Vanfleet <>
Date: Tue 14 Jul 2009 - 15:24:54 BST
Message-ID: <>

Herbert, thanks for your response. I tried what you suggested, first I created an empty /etc/default/rcS file inside of the lenny guest and tried restarting it. This made the error go away and no other errors were displayed but the guest did not start, it appears that nothing happened. Next I copied the /etc/default/rcS file from a running Debian Etch guest, and tried to restart it but again the guest did not start.

Also, I was looking around in /etc/vservers/debian_lenny_template and comparing it with a working guest (debian_etch_template), and noticed that the soft link to the cache folder was pointing to an invalid location:
    cache ->  /etc/vservers/.defaults/cachebase/debian_lenny_template

I fixed this link but still nothing happened when I tried to start it. I also noticed that the /etc/vserver/debian_lenny_template/dlimits folder was missing, so I recreated that modeling it after the same folder for my debian_etch_template guest but again the guest would not start, nothing appears to be happening. I'm not sure what to try next, any ideas? There are probably some errors being thrown somewhere but I don't know where they are?


Herbert Poetzl wrote:
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

   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



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