Commit 5aa25240 authored by Nikos Skalkotos's avatar Nikos Skalkotos
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Update the documentation

 * Add contact info
 * Add info on how to install Arch Linux packages
 * Add limitations section in usage
parent eb5123b7
......@@ -17,11 +17,19 @@ Contents:
Indices and tables
For questions or bug reports you can contact the Synnefo team at the following
mailing lists:
* :ref:`genindex`
* :ref:`modindex`
* :ref:`search`
* Users list:
* Developers list:
Indices and tables
* :ref:`genindex`
* :ref:`modindex`
* :ref:`search`
......@@ -25,15 +25,18 @@ snf-image-creator depends on the following programs:
The above dependencies are resolved differently, depending on the installation
method you choose. There are two installation methods available:
#. `Installation using official packages <#install-snf-image-creator-using-official-packages>`_ (currently only for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 12.10).
#. `Installation using packages <#install-snf-image-creator-using-packages>`_ (currently only for Ubuntu and Arch Linux).
#. `Installation from source <#install-snf-image-creator-from-source>`_
Install snf-image-creator using official packages
Install snf-image-creator using packages
For Ubuntu systems, you can use our official packages found in *grnet/synnefo*
Lauchpad PPA.
For *Ubuntu 12.04 LTS* and *12.10* systems, you can use our official packages
found in *grnet/synnefo* Lauchpad PPA.
Add the synnefo PPA in your system:
......@@ -71,6 +74,50 @@ If you are using Ubuntu 12.10, also install libguestfs-tools:
If you are asked during the installation to create/update a
"supermin appliance", choose "Yes".
.. warning::
In *Ubuntu 12.10* the current package of libguestfs (1.18-2) is broken. Take
a look at the open `bug report <>`_.
Until version 1.18-2ubunut1 is out, you may workaround this problem by
creating a symlink like this:
*sudo ln -s /usr/lib/guestfs /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/guestfs*
Arch Linux
For *Arch Linux* there are **unofficial** packages in AUR: kindly provided by
Axilleas Pipinellis <>.
.. note::
Those packages are not maintained by the Synnefo development team.
Please direct package-specific questions to Axilleas Pipinellis <>,
Cc: the Synnefo development team <>
To install the package you may use *yaourt*. Create and install
the *yaourt* package:
.. code-block:: console
$ wget
$ tar -xvf package-query.tar.gz
$ cd package-query
$ makepkg -s
$ pacman -U package-query-<VERSION>-<ARCH>.pkg.tar.xz
$ cd ..
$ wget
$ tar -xvf yaourt.tar.gz
$ cd yaourt
$ makepkg -s
$ pacman -U yaourt-<VERSION>-<ARCH>.pkg.tar.xz
Install *snf-image-creator* using yaourt:
.. code-block:: console
$ yaourt -Sa snf-image-creator
Install snf-image-creator from source
......@@ -217,7 +217,7 @@ system that runs the program. This is done either by specifying / as input
media or by using the *Bundle Host* button in the media selection dialog of
snf-mkimage. During this operation, the files of the disk are copied into a
temporary image file, which means that the file system that will host the
temporary image needs to have a lot of free space (see `the tmpdir option`_
temporary image needs to have a lot of free space (see `large temporary files`_
for more information).
Creating a new image
......@@ -281,8 +281,22 @@ confirm the provided data.
Choosing *YES* will create and upload the image to your *~okeanos* account.
Some caveats on image creation
Supported operating systems
*snf-image-creator* can only fully function on input media hosting *Linux*
systems. The program will detect the needed metadata and you may use it to
upload and register other *Unix* or *Windows* images, but you cannot use it to
shrink them or perform system preparation operations.
Logical Volumes
The program cannot work on LVM partitions [#f1]_. The input media may only
contain primary or logical partitions.
Para-virtualized drivers
......@@ -298,13 +312,16 @@ the VM won't be able to boot.
Many popular Linux distributions, like Ubuntu and Debian, will automatically
create a generic initial ramdisk file that contains many different modules,
including the VirtIO drivers. Others that target more experienced users, like
Slackware, won't do that [#f1]_. *snf-image-creator* cannot resolve this kind
Slackware, won't do that [#f2]_. *snf-image-creator* cannot resolve this kind
of problems and it's left to the user to do so. Please refer to your
distribution's documentation for more information on this. You can always check
if a system can boot with para-virtualized disk controller by launching it with
kvm using the *if=virtio* option (see the kvm command in the
`Creating a new image`_ section).
Some caveats on image creation
Image partition schemes and shrinking
......@@ -322,8 +339,8 @@ Keep this in mind when creating images. It's always better to have your swap
partition placed as the last partition on the disk and have your largest
partition (*/* or */home*) just before that.
The tmpdir option
Large temporary files
*snf-image-creator* may create large temporary files when running:
......@@ -343,4 +360,5 @@ supported by both *snf-image-creator* and *snf-mkimage*.
.. rubric:: Footnotes
.. [#f1]
.. [#f1]
.. [#f2]
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