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Custom Kickstart and mkinitrd

Hello folks, here is the deal. I am putting together a custom install for massive deployment within my company to be used on several pieces of hardware. I am seeing this issue on an HP LP1000R but not on IBM Mpro or Zpro systems.

Here are the steps I took:
1. I have taken the RH 7.2 CD's and copied them onto a disk
2. Downloaded all the updates from Redhat
3. Merged the updates into the original image using the overlay.pl script found out on the net.
4. Ran the genhdlist command as follows /usr/lib/anaconda-runtime/genhdlist --withnumbers <path to image>
5. the run the buildinstall command as follows /usr/lib/anaconda-runtime/buildinstall --pkgorder <path to pkgorder file to create> --version 7.2 <path to image>
6. loaded the bootnet.img file onto a floppy.
7. Created a ks.cfg file and placed it on the floppy (I'll include at the bottom)
8. Boot the machine and use linux ks=floppy

Ok at this point the machine takes off and does its thing. It appears everything installs cleanly but on reboot the machine fails to boot. It turns out the the initrd-2.4.9-34.img was not created and nothing works. I boot into rescue mode, manually create the initrd file using mkinitrd and place the proper entry into grub and bingo it works fine.

When I look at /tmp/install.log I find that just after the "Installing Kernel" entry there is a line that says. "All of your loopback devices are in use!" I have determined that this is being generated by mkinitrd when the kernel is being installed and running its postinstall script.

Now here is the kicker, if I change the install package list to Everything from the reduced set, the entire thing install beautifully and reboots perfectly.

Any help on this would be appreciated.

Lew Newby

My ks.cfg file (edited to remove IP addresses and domainnames.)

lang en_US
langsupport en_US
keyboard us
mouse generic3ps/2
timezone --utc America/Los_Angeles
rootpw --iscrypted <encrypted password>
bootloader --location=mbr
nfs --server nasa-v004 --dir /export/it/kickstart/RedHat/7.2
zerombr yes
clearpart --all
part / --fstype ext3 --size 7000
part swap --size 2000
part swap --size 2000
part swap --size 2000
part swap --size 2000
part swap --size 2000
part swap --size 2000
part /export/home --fstype ext3 --size 33000
network --bootproto static --ip <IP address> --netmask --gat
eway <Gateway IP> --nameserver <DNS Server IP>
auth --useshadow --enablemd5 --enablenis --nisdomain <DOMAINNAME> --nisserver
<YP Server>
firewall --disabled
xconfig --depth 16 --resolution 800x600 --defaultdesktop=GNOME --card "ATI Mach
@Network Support
@Messaging and Web Tools
@Sound and Multimedia Support
@Graphics and Image Manipulation
@NFS File Server
@Anonymous FTP Server
@Authoring and Publishing
@Legacy Application Support
@Software Development
@Kernel Development
@Windows Compatibility / Interoperability
# this postinstall script is called from ks.cfg to customize system for
# <Company name>
# it can also be put into a file and run from command line
# after install
# History
# v.1.0 Created on 01/17/02 ---<IT dept>

# export variables that define the temp directory, source  of sw and scripts
# we mount the software on temp mount point and call the customize script

export TEMPORARY=/tmp/INST
export MYSOURCE=<NFS RedHat Image>
export MYSCRIPT=<Custom script name>

echo "making temp install dir  ($TEMPORARY)"
echo "mount $MYSOURCE $TEMPORARY "
echo "list $TEMPORARY"
echo "executing $MYSCRIPT"
echo "unmount $TEMPORARY"
echo "list $TEMPORARY (should be empty now)"

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