[vm-bhyve] Does anyone have a vm template for Linux Mint ?

Matt Churchyard matt.churchyard at userve.net
Tue Oct 9 09:19:39 UTC 2018

Josias L. Gonçalves wrote:
> > > I get the same blank rectangle with Ubuntu (vm install mint
> > > ubuntu-16.04-desktop-amd64.iso)
> > > So there must be something amiss in my setup.

> Verify if everything is installed:
> pkg install bhyve-firmware-1.0_1 bhyve-rc-3 grub2-bhyve-0.40_5
> libhyve-remote- uefi-edk2-bhyve-0.1,1 uefi-edk2-bhyve-csm-0.1,1

Well, not everything from your list. I have currently

>root at vas:~ # pkg info -a | egrep 'bhyve|uefi'
>grub2-bhyve-0.40_4             Grub-emu loader for bhyve
>uefi-edk2-bhyve-0.1,1          UEFI-EDK2 firmware for bhyve
>uefi-edk2-bhyve-csm-0.1,1      UEFI-EDK2 firmware for bhyve with CSM
>vm-bhyve-1.2.3                 Management system for bhyve virtual machines
>root at vas:~ #

>bhyve-firmware: is a metaport for uefi-edk2-bhyve and uefi-edk2-bhyve-csm, I already have them both installed. But no harm installing it also.

>bhyve-rc-3: "FreeBSD RC script for starting bhyve guests in tmux" - I definitely don't need it because I use vm-bhyve for VM management.

>libhyve-remote- well, maybe this one is the culprit. We shall see tonight if its presence makes any difference.

As you mention all the required firmware is installed by the bhyve-firmware port. You do not need to install the edk2 ports.
Grub2 is not required either if you're using UEFI, although you'll need it to run any guests with loader="grub" and there's no harm having it around if you're using bhyve.
I've never heard of libhyve-remote until now. This is an additional component (something to do with FreeNAS by the look of it) and has nothing to do with the actual running of bhyve or vm-bhyve.

Personally I've never had success with the CSM firmware (other that with SmartOS which was following instructions from the original bhyve devs). My understanding is that CSM is supposed to emulate a traditional BIOS, so anything that would boot on a BIOS should work (or at least try to boot). However I usually just get a blank screen and nothing else.

I have successfully** installed Ubuntu 16.04 (via VNC) using the following template, which is just a basic UEFI config with virtio network/disk.


**I did have two fairly annoying issues getting 16.04 to work -

1) After installation it seemed to refuse to reboot without me removing the install CD, which I obviously couldn't do. I ended up powering off the system manually with "vm poweroff guest"

2) It then would not boot due to the fact that Ubuntu 16.04 puts the bootloader in a non-default location, then uses efivars to tell UEFI how to find it. Unfortunately the bhyve EFI firmware still does not save efivars, so any specific boot options set by a guest are lost on restart. I had to escape to the EFI shell and manually choose the EFI/ubuntu/grubx64.efi loader. See my post #11 on this forum post for more details - https://forums.freebsd.org/threads/how-to-install-a-ubuntu-guest-in-bhyve.66767/


Victor Sudakov,  VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN
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