Kickstart question ...

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Thu Jan 11 19:43:22 EST 2001


On Thu, 11 Jan 2001, Richard Walsh wrote:

>
> All,
>
> Gone through the kickstart how-to thoroughly, but failing
> to get things to go--I am sure it is something trivial that
> I am overlooking.
>
> The install disk delivers the typical message header and
> then the "boot:" prompt as expected to which I enter either
> "linux ks" (as the how-to suggests) or just "ks" (as the the
> syslinux.conf file suggests). I end up in the install
> interface, forced down a path for hard disk or cdrom
> based install which I obviously do not want.
>
> Perhaps I need to use bootnet.img instead of boot.img
> as the how-to instructs.
>
> 1. ks.cfg is on server.
> 2. server is running dhcp.
> 3. location of RedHat directories is nfs mountable.
>
> Suggestions?

I think this is likely it.  Our ks configs here use the bootnet.img,
since they install from the nfs mount and must have a network.  There is
no network available on the boot.img disk.  I think that ks might still
work, but you'd probably have to find a way of putting ks.cfg and the
sources on a locally accessible medium.

Here is a template dhcpd.conf entry from our server:

host whatever {
        hardware ethernet XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX;
        fixed-address 192.168.x.x;
        next-server install.phy.duke.edu;
        server-identifier install.phy.duke.edu;
        filename "/var/phy/archive/current/i386/ks/project-space";
        option domain-name "phy.duke.edu";
}

would install whatever.phy.duke.edu in a private internal network space.
Obviously you need to fill in the XX's and x.x to the enet number and IP
space at hand.

"/var/phy.../project-space" is the name of the kickstart file, BTW.  We
have a variety of template ones for servers, participants in shared
project space (like ganesh), and barebones clients or nodes.

Hope this helps.  Kickstart is awesome when you get it all worked out.

   rgb

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