Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I’ve just signed up for Linode, and having set up my Linode server (from their Debian 7 image), I’m trying to download a copy of it to run on VMWare Fusion 5 on my Mac.

I’ve followed their instructions for copying my Linode’s disk image to my Mac, so I’ve got a .img file on my Mac now.

Can I use or convert that .img file to be the boot hard drive for a VMWare virtual machine on my Mac?

(I think an alternative is to set up a new VMWare Debian virtual machine locally, and then upload it to Linode, but as I’ve already got my Linode running, and uploading is much slower than downloading on my internet connection, I’m trying to figure out a way to run the existing Linode locally first)

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

I ended up taking a different approach.

After setting up my Linode (noting down what I’d done), I downloaded the Debian 7 net install image:

I then used that to create a Debian 7 VMWare VM on my local machine. (I told VMWare Fusion the OS was “Other Linux 2.6 kernel”, as Debian 7 isn’t listed as an option yet. I believe Debian 7 uses the Linux 3.2 kernel, but it hasn’t caused me any problems so far.)

I then used dpkg to get a list of the packages installed on my Linode, and install them on my VMWare VM (tip from https://forum.linode.com/viewtopic.php?t=8554).

My shell commands to do this from my VMWare VM (replace 1.1.1.1 with your Linode’s IP address):

sudo dselect update
ssh 1.1.1.1 dpkg --get-selections > packages.txt
sudo dpkg --set-selections < packages.txt
sudo apt-get dselect-upgrade
rm packages.txt

(First I made sure to install dselect on both VMs — sudo apt-get install dselect — so that they’re present for the dselect-upgrade line.)

In future, I can install new packages on my VMWare VM, and then sync up the Linode VM by copying the output of dpkg --get-selections to the Linode VM, and running the last three shell commands there.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.