[kwlug-disc] Converting a running Linux box to a Virtual Machine

John Van Ostrand john at netdirect.ca
Sat May 15 13:21:57 EDT 2010

I didn't see tools like mkcdrec, mondo or proprietary tools like plate spin 

I'm a hardcore grub command line guy so I'm not likely to use one of them 
except if I have lots of vms to create.

The more user friendly tools may be helpful for people not comfortable with 
drive partitioning math.


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Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Converting a running Linux box to a Virtual 

Thanks for all this. Worthy of a blog post for sure, so all can know.

On Sat, May 15, 2010 at 12:20 AM, Chris Frey <cdfrey at foursquare.net> wrote

9) Insert filesystem into a single disk

       # this will take a while, but preserves sparseness
       cp --sparse=always <(head -c 32256 disk.img ; cat fs.img) 

Where did the number 32256 come from?

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