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Create new Mac OS X for use as a tinderbox build machine for NSS



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Server Operations
6 years ago
3 years ago


(Reporter: briansmith, Assigned: kaie)



+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #748476 +++

I do not know what needs to be installed on this VM. It should be a 64-bit VM so we can built 64-bit and 32-bit Mac builds.
Assignee: server-ops → dustin
See Also: → bug 748480
See Also: → bug 748476

Comment 1

6 years ago
I'm willing to install the necessary software on this VM.

I want to create documentation anyway, so it's fine if I include all steps after the OS installation.

Comment 2

6 years ago
However, if you prefer to not give me root access:

We need the usual build environment:
We'll give you root, no prob.  I'll get this set up with SSH and screen sharing, and you can have at it (via the jumphost)

for my reference (sorry, Kai, you can't see this link):
Phong, I need a license for this - should I go to desktop to get that?
Phong's looking for the license..
Assignee: dustin → phong
(and this is for 10.6 server)
I found a 10.5 license key, but it's the one that the parallels server is using.  So we need a 10.6 key for this, which we need to buy.  I'll file a bug blocking this one for that purpose.
Depends on: 749478
OK, 10.7 turns out to be the most efficient to get installed, so 10.7 it is.  I'm downloading the ISO now.
Ugh, no.  "Mac OS X virrtual mahinces can have only the Mac OS X Server Leopard or Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard operating system installed.  Other versions of Mac OS are not supported."

So we're back where we started..

Comment 10

6 years ago
Can we run a 10.6 VM when the server is 10.5?
Yes - it's listed in the UI as a supported option, and I installed and got through the point where it asked for a license key.

Comment 12

6 years ago
sent via irc.
Assignee: phong → dustin
So from out-of-band conversations, it sounds like this host can only run 10.5 server VMs, since it is a 10.5 server itself, which is why the 10.6 installer is asking for a 10.5 license code (which it also doesn't accept).  Installs must come from real media, not an ISO, and the drive currently contains 10.6 install media.  So we need to get someone onsite to swap in 10.5 media, and then give that a shot.

I really hate parallels.
Assignee: dustin → phong
OK, this is up, on cb-parallels01.  The parallels host is moving tomorrow, though. Also, Kai, I don't think you have VPN access to its current network.  So let's just hand this off to you late pacific time tomorrow, once it's in its new home.  At that point, it will be nss-vm-darwin9-1.community.scl3.mozilla.com.

I've set it up with ARD and SSH access.  I (or anyone in IT) can communicate the password out of band - please let me know how best to do that.

Comment 15

6 years ago
(In reply to Dustin J. Mitchell [:dustin] from comment #14)
> I (or anyone in IT) can communicate
> the password out of band - please let me know how best to do that.

Could you send it with encrypted email?

S/MIME - retrieve my key via https://kuix.de/smime-keyserver/

  Key fingerprint = 21D1 6E67 E183 98C8 DA9D  DF2E 1C27 4237 2500 7724

Phone: See my entry in the Mozillians directory.
OK, this is at its final home (well, its final IP, at least - we'll be migrating it to the new parallels servers when they're online).  That's

and I sent the password.  Re-open, or open a new bug, if this isn't complete?
Last Resolved: 6 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED

Comment 17

6 years ago
I've received the password and was able to decrypt, thank you.

But I cannot login.

First, I go to
  ssh -v kaie@jump1.community.scl3.mozilla.com  (works)

Then I try
  ssh -v kaie@nss-vm-darwin9-1.community.scl3.mozilla.com

I paste the password you sent to me, but it's rejected.

Is "kaie" the correct username?
Resolution: FIXED → ---

Comment 18

6 years ago
Also, I would prefer being able to connect to the graphical desktop from my Linux system.

I understand the apple machines are able to offer VNC access.

I used port forwarding to connect to nss-vm-darwin9-1.community.scl3.mozilla.com port 5900.
When I try to connect from Linux with vncviewer, I get an error about incompatible security types.

set up tunnel:
ssh -v -L5904:nss-vm-darwin9-1.community.scl3.mozilla.com:5900 kaie@jump1.community.scl3.mozilla.com

trying to view desktop:

vncviewer -log *:stderr:100

TigerVNC Viewer for X version 1.1.0 - built Nov 22 2011 14:20:29
Copyright (C) 1999-2011 TigerVNC Team and many others (see README.txt)
See http://www.tigervnc.org for information on TigerVNC.

Wed May  9 14:17:54 2012
 Config:      set AutoSelect(Bool) to 1
 Config:      set CustomCompressLevel(Bool) to 0
 CConn:       connected to host port 5904
 CConnection: reading protocol version
 CConnection: Server supports RFB protocol version 3.889
 CConnection: Using RFB protocol version 3.8
 CConnection: processing security types message
 CConnection: Server offers security type [unknown secType](30)
 CConnection: Server offers security type [unknown secType](35)
 CConnection: No matching security types
 main:        No matching security types

Comment 19

6 years ago
arr reminded to forward my authentication key into the session.

I retried using ssh -A, and when connection from the jump host to darwin I see that my key is being offered to the darwin host.

Unfortunately it still doesn't work.
Kai, sorry, I should have specified the username, too -- Administrator.  You can use that to create any additional users you'd like.

I'm not sure how to authenticate to a mac with a linux system.  Forwarding the connection with ssh is the right technique to get to port 5900, though.
Per IRC, I'm bringing this down to move it to the new parallels minis.
And it's back up, on parallels2 now.  I think we're done here!
Last Resolved: 6 years ago6 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
(with 2G RAM)

Comment 24

6 years ago
One important piece is missing: the XCode development software.

I understand it's meanwhile difficult to download XCode, because one needs AppStore login etc.

But I think that Mac OSX installation media contain it.

Could you please copy the XCode installation file(s) to the VM?

Thank you
Resolution: FIXED → ---

Comment 25

6 years ago
> I understand it's meanwhile difficult to download XCode, because one needs
> AppStore login etc.

... and that wouldn't even be sufficient, because the download requires a Mac with 10.6.6 at least (sigh). I believe getting the XCode software from a Mac OSX 10.5 installation DVD is the most reasonable solution.

(BTW, it wouldn't have been necessary to install a server version of Mac OSX, a client OS would have been sufficient.)
I'll find you a copy of XCode.  Apple!! *shakes fist*

You can't virtualize non-server versions of OS X, sadly.. Apple!! *shakes fist*
I put an xcode 3.1.2 DMG on the desktop - give that a try?  I don't have a ready reference for the version compatibility, but IIRC 4 was the first to require Lion.
Assignee: phong → kaie

Comment 28

6 years ago
Thank you very much!

It was the correct version of Xcode. 

I was able to install and configure the system as a NSS build machine.

I've documented the steps at


6 years ago
Last Resolved: 6 years ago6 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED


6 years ago


6 years ago
Blocks: 754908


5 years ago
Blocks: 648676
Product: mozilla.org → mozilla.org Graveyard
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