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Re: Kickstart How-To



Hey, thanks for the info.


On Fri, 24 Aug 2001, Mark Denni wrote:

> Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 14:17:21 -0700
> From: Mark Denni <markd redswitch com>
> Reply-To: kickstart-list redhat com
> To: kickstart-list redhat com
> Subject: Kickstart How-To
> 
> Folks -
> 
> Even the Errata to the 7.1 Kickstart How-To fails to mention a crucial 
> point about installing over a network.  Since 7.1 requires two CD's, it 
> is not enough just to copy the contents of the RedHat directories on the
> two CD's into a directory accessible to the install program.  It is
> neccessary to run genhdlist, as root:   
> /usr/lib/anaconda-runtime/genhdlist <directory>.
> This will update the files hdlist and hdlist2 which tell the
> install program which RPMS are available for it to install.
> 
> If one simply follows the instructions in the How-To, copying the
> files, from CD1 and then CD2, you will end up with hdlists which
> only reflect the files on the second CD.  Because of this, your
> installation will fail, and it will seem like it couldn't read
> your ks.cfg file, because it will prompt you for the language,
> even though it was specified in the ks.cfg file. Only after
> finding out about the virtual consoles, was I able to figure
> out what had gone wrong.
> 
> And if, for example, the NFS server is not a linux machine, then
> you have to nfs export that directory with root privileges given to
> a linux machine which has anaconda-runtime installed.
> 
> One final note, is that the Kickstart How-To should mention also that
> more information can be obtained for debugging purposes, by using
> the Virtual Console feature.  I found this helpful info in an old 
> version of the Kickstart How-To at 
> http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/KickStart-HOWTO-7.html
> 
>   You can keep an eye on what KickStart is doing by by switching virtual 
>   consoles as usual: 
> 
>     Alt-F1 - installation dialog 
>     Alt-F2 - shell prompt 
>     Alt-F3 - install log (messages from install program) 
>     Alt-F4 - system log (messages from kernel, etc.) 
>     Alt-F5 - other messages 
> 
> - Mark





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