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I am having a situation where I can not use a CD or PxE boot or wubi to install.I need to necessarily do an http install of Ubuntu.I am basically trying to create a guest OS in a virtualization setup on Xen on a non VT hardware. On a non VT hardware the virt-manager does not allow to install from local ISO or PXE even the only option is via a URL on http://

Here is what I did:

  1. Download ubuntu 10.04 32 bit ISO
  2. Kept it in /var/www (apache2 is running)
  3. renamed it to ubuntu.iso

    and when I reached a stage where installation begins I gave path http://localhost/ubuntu.iso but I got an error any installable distribution not found.

  4. After this I did

    mkdir /var/www/sk
    mount -t iso9660 /var/www/ubuntu.iso /var/www/sk -o loop

and this time during the installation I gave path http://localhost/sk I was able to see the contents in browser http://localhost/sk which you will see in a normal CD. But beginning installation I got same error

ValueError: Could not find an installable distribution at 'http://localhost/sk

So I want to just confirm if http install is done only this way or some other way because the installation is not proceeding.

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closed as too localized by Marco Ceppi Jan 13 '12 at 13:26

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I'm a little confused. Without using an ISO, how where you able to boot the VM to begin with? You've got the loopback part right. Though I think you might have to tell the installer to use that http url as an additional mirror than specify it directly in the installer. See –  ppetraki Dec 8 '11 at 14:36
Question appears to be abandoned, if you have a similar question please ask it again. –  Marco Ceppi Jan 13 '12 at 13:26