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Linux-VServer Utilities Installation

Note: There are different branches of the vserver utilities available. This chapter talks about the 'alpha' utilities, which support the most options and are the newest.

Debian SID (a.k.a. Debian Unstable)

apt-get install util-vserver

Fedora Core






Compilation from Source

This chapter has been taken from [Step-by-Step Guide 2.6], but with simplifications and little adaptions.

The kernel alone won't help you, you also need some tools to exploit all those new features you got, so let's get them. The latest tools can be found [here]. I'll use util-vserver 0.30.210 in this document, you should use whatever is latest.

Get the sources

As a first step, of course, we need to get the sources.

# Go to our source directory
cd ~/src

# Get the sources for alpha util-vserver
wget http://www.13thfloor.at/~ensc/util-vserver/files/alpha/util-vserver-0.30.210.tar.bz2

# Extract the sources
tar xjf util-vserver-0.30.210.tar.bz2

Now that we got our sources, we need to do the usual steps: configure, make, make install. While configuring the tools you may get some error messages about missing stuff, for example dietlibc, vconfig and e2fs headers. The error messages are accompanied by explanations what you should do, so read them carefully. You can also specify --without xalan or --without dietlibc as a workaround.

# Switch to the util-vserver source directory
cd util-vserver-0.30.210

# Configure the sources (you may want to adjust settings here, the defaults work, but may not suite your needs)

# Build the tools

# Become root

# Install the tools
make install

# Back to our regular user

Now we got our tools in place and we're ready to build our first vserver!


Oh, wait, we're not ready yet! To be sure that your setup works fine, we got a test script that checks some basic functionality. So download the [testme.sh] script and check if everything's fine.

# Back to our source directory
cd ~/src

# Get the script
wget http://vserver.13thfloor.at/Stuff/SCRIPT/testme.sh

# Make it executable
chmod +x testme.sh

# Become root

# Run the test script

# Back to our regular user


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