How do you get LTSP to work on a vserver?

This is a very brief guide to setting up a vserver ( to run LTSP on.

Getting DHCP to work

Requires NET_RAW

Getting NFS to work

A user space NFS server is required. “nfs-user-server” or “unfs3” should work fine. We are using unfs3. See the respective documentation for the differences between the two.

Local Devices


Copying /dev/fuse

For local devices you will also need fuse stuff working. Install fuse on the host server and load the module there.

You will need to copy /dev/fuse across to the vserver (use cp -a /dev/fuse /var/lib/vsever/example/dev/fuse). Then make /dev/fuse owned by the root:fuse, note that you will need to make it owned by the fuse group inside the vserver. It will probably have a different GID inside the vserver, so you will need to set it from the host but with the GID from the guest.


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Other stuff

We wanted access to our DVD writer. Copying the appropriate /dev entries to the vserver worked fine. On our server these where /dev/scd0 and /dev/sr0 and /dev/sg2.

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