Famous computing clouds like EC2 and Nimbus offer the possibiliy to inject the public part of a keypair at boot time of a VM. Then you are able to log in as root using your personal keypair. For CernVM this fails for a simple reason. Continue reading
CernVM for Xen comes as loopback file, containing an
Ext3 file system of about 9 GB size, whereas about 8.5 GB are free. Using this free space I tried to set up an Offline ATLAS Software Release (15.1.0). But the filesystem ran full and pacman aborted the setup. The goal is to deploy Virtual Machines of this image within the Nimbus Cloud, which currently does not support additional partitions.
So I had to increase the size of the image / loopback file and to extend the filesystem afterwards. Therefore I basically used
resize2fs. Continue reading