Install qemu on AWS EC2 Amazon Linux

Mucking about with virtual disks, I wanted to install qemu on a AWS EC2 instance in order to use qemu-img.

Not finding it in a yum repo, I built it from scratch:

$ uname -a

Linux ip-10-0-1-238 4.4.41-36.55.amzn1.x86_64 #1 SMP Wed Jan 18 01:03:26 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux


sudo yum install -y ghc-glib-devel ghc-glib autoconf autogen intltool libtool

tar xvJf qemu-2.8.0.tar.xz
cd qemu-2.8.0
sudo make install

I hit a few errors, recorded here for passing Googlers:

First error:

$ ./configure

ERROR: glib-2.22 gthread-2.0 is required to compile QEMU

To fix it, first enable EPEL repository - in /etc/yum.repos.d/epel.repo set enabled=1 for [epel]

Then install the Haskell glib library:

sudo yum install -y ghc-glib-devel ghc-glib

Three more missing dependencies during the build, errors were:

  • /bin/sh: autoreconf: command not found
  • Can't exec "aclocal": No such file or directory at /usr/share/autoconf/Autom4te/ line 326.
  • error: possibly undefined macro: AC_PROG_LIBTOOL

Fixed with :

$ sudo yum install -y autoconf autogen intltool libtool

Robin Moffatt

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