bobb at tchpc.tcd.ie
Thu Jul 3 10:34:24 EDT 2003
torsten hath declared on Thursday the 03 day of July 2003 :-:
> Hello All,
> RedHat 9.0, headless node
> I'm working on a bootable-CD-ROM (NFS-mounted distro) kickstart
> installation method. When the computer boots, it give me the
> prompt, and waits. I havae to type in
> linux ks=cdrom:/ks.cfg
> to get it going. Is there any way to make this automatic?
I have done this with a bootnet floppy on the 7.x series a number of times.
mount the bootnet.img on a loopback ``mount -o loop bootnet.img /mnt''
then edit /mnt/syslinux.cfg and added:
append "ks=floppy" initrd=initrd.img lang= lowres devfs=nomount ramdisk_size=8192
Then set "ksfloppy" to the default with:
We generally get the ks.cfg over nfs which might be handier if your going to
be booting from cdrom, with something like the following:
append "ks=nfs:126.96.36.199:/kickstart/7.3/" initrd=initrd.img lang=lowres devfs=nomount ramdisk_size=8192
(Installing a machine with the IP 188.8.131.52 will then look for the file
"/kickstart/7.3/184.108.40.206-kickstart" on the nfs server, we just use symlinks).
Then umount /mnt and dd the image to floppy.
I presume you could do something similar by mounting the ISO
and editing /mnt/isolinux/isolinux.cfg, although I have never tried it.
> During the install, it gets through to aspell-ca-somevesrsion package
> and stops, saying it is corrupt. I haven't checked if it is corrupt, or
> even exists, because I only copied one CD-ROM (disc1). How do I control
> which packages are installed
Under the "%packages" section of the ks.cfg you can specify either package
collections "Software Developement" or individual packages "gcc" to be
installed. A snippit from our ks.cfg for 7.3 workstation installs looks like:
@Classic X Window System
> (since only a bare minimum are needed, as this is a headless node)?
Getting the package list setup is a little bit of trial and error,
but you get there in the end :)
Robert "bobb" Crosbie.
Trinity Centre for High Performance Computing,
O'Reilly Institute,Trinity College Dublin.
Tel: +353 1 608 3725
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