To get Qemu Acceleration you must run qemu-system-x86_64 (with the -kernel-kqemu option), not the default launcher (qemu). --Nak 0:48, 11 May 2007 (GMT+1)
starting qemu using a real partition
I made the description more detailed
thoughts / suggestions on networking nitty gritty section
I followed the beginner's guide to installing Arch and setting up rc.conf. I have also installed 'dnsmasq'. When following the QEMU/KVM how-to I was unable to get my bridge interface to see the dhcp server of my modem until I amended my rc.conf to include and bring up the loopback interface i.e.
lo="lo up" eth0="eth0 up" br0="dhcp" INTERFACES=(lo eth0 br0) gateway="default gw 192.168.0.1" ROUTES=(gateway)
As this is not part of the beginners rc.conf it might help others that have got stuck with this part to read this and maybe considered, if correct, a useful addition to the how-to. It would be good to get confirmation from those-that-know if this is the best foot forward, so to speak.
The instructions provided for vde networking did not work. Instead I did the following which did work:
slirpvde --dhcp --daemon
Then to start the vm with a connection to the network of the host:
kvm -net nic,macaddr=52:54:00:00:EE:03 -net vde whatever.qcow
The above method is also less invasive. Any support/objections to replacing the vde networking instructions in the article with these? If the current instructions bring attention to features that the above method does not, how can they integrated?