[MIR] seabios

Bug #508870 reported by Dustin Kirkland  on 2010-01-17
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
qemu-kvm (Ubuntu)
Dustin Kirkland 
Dustin Kirkland 
seabios (Ubuntu)
Martin Pitt
Martin Pitt

Bug Description

The BIOS binary files have recently been removed from the qemu-kvm release tarball.

For this reason, we need to depend on vgabios, and seabios at package installation.

I have examined https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuMainInclusionRequirements and seabios should be reasonable to inclusion in Ubuntu Main.

Note that this is closely related to Bug #181876. And that seabios is currently in the new queue awaiting acceptance into the archive (as of 2010-01-18).

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Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland) wrote :

Triagers -- please assign this bug to the seabios package when it hits the archive.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → High
Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland) wrote :

The key, here, is that seabios is an actively maintained upstream project.

Upstream QEMU has pruned the source code from its tree that generates bios.bin (required for QEMU kvm's to run). Upstream's recommendation is to package the separate seabios project, and run-time depend on it.

affects: ubuntu → seabios (Ubuntu)
Changed in qemu-kvm (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
importance: Undecided → High
assignee: nobody → Dustin Kirkland (kirkland)
Craig (candrews-integralblue) wrote :

KVM is broken in Lucid right now - running it results in "qemu: could not load PC BIOS 'bios.bin'"

Installing "seabios" fixes it.

I fixed kvm earlier today.

It will require another upload, though, once this MIR is approved.

Thierry Carrez (ttx) on 2010-01-29
Changed in seabios (Ubuntu Lucid):
milestone: none → lucid-alpha-3
Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland) wrote :

Pitti, this MIR has been idling for a couple weeks now... Could you take a look? Should be striaghtforward...

Changed in seabios (Ubuntu Lucid):
assignee: nobody → Martin Pitt (pitti)
Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

Approved and promoted.

Changed in seabios (Ubuntu Lucid):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in qemu-kvm (Ubuntu Lucid):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package qemu-kvm - 0.12.2-0ubuntu3

qemu-kvm (0.12.2-0ubuntu3) lucid; urgency=low

  * debian/init, debian/upstart:
    - migrate sysvinit script to upstart
    - enable ksm by default in Ubuntu
  * debian/control: depend on seabios now that it's in main, LP: #508870
 -- Dustin Kirkland <email address hidden> Fri, 05 Feb 2010 23:12:29 -0800

Changed in qemu-kvm (Ubuntu Lucid):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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