Installation on Debian

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This guide is written against Debian Etch (4.0). This release includes kernel linux-image-vserver-686, so no manual patching is needed. Hence, Installation on Debian Etch is pretty easy and straightforward.

If you need to compile your own kernel, you need to apply the vserver-version.patch. Details at 2007/Apr/25

Packages installation

The packages required by Linux-VServer are:

  • linux-image-vserver-686 - This is the current kernel
  • util-vserver - These are the utilities used to administer the guests
  • ssh - This is probably already installed, but just in case it isn't

All the packages you need can be obtained via

apt-get install linux-image-vserver-686 util-vserver ssh

so run this as root and reboot. To check out wherever everything went fine you may run

uname -r

and check that kernel version is something like 2.6.18-4-vserver-686. That's it.

Now that the host system is ready, you can proceed with building guests.


Debian already contains vservers kernels, so no manual patching and compiling is needed.

Debian release Kernel version VServer version
Etch 2.6.18+6
Lenny 2.6.26+17


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