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RE: Problems finding ks.cfg via NFS in Fedora 1



Does the server you are installing on have multiple NICs?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Hannon [mailto:jmh physics ucdavis edu]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2003 7:13 PM
> To: kickstart-list redhat com
> Subject: Problems finding ks.cfg via NFS in Fedora 1
> 
> 
> Greetings.  We're trying to do a kickstart installation of 
> Fedora 1 using 
> DHCP/PXE.  The process fails because the installer can never find the 
> kickstart configuration file, which is available via NFS from 
> a couple of 
> systems on our network.
> 
> On our DHCP server we have a directory:
> 
> 	/tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg
> 
> In that directory we have a symbolic link that has a name 
> that's the IP 
> address, expressed in hexadecimal, of the system that we want 
> to kickstart, as:
> 
> 	A9EDxxyy --> netboot-ks.fedora.1
> 
> and:
> 
> # cat netboot-ks.fedora.1
> default linux
> label linux
>    kernel vmlinuz-fedora.1
>     append ksdevice=eth0 load_ramdisk=1 
> initrd=initrd-fedora.1.img network 
> ks=nfs:169.237.ss.tt/fedora/ks/ks.cfg
> 
> The address "169.237.ss.tt" is the address of a server that exports a 
> /fedora file system.  We have verified that other systems in 
> our network 
> can mount:
> 
> 	169.237.ss.tt:/fedora
> 
> "by hand", after which one can see the ks.cfg file.  Also, 
> the /fedora file 
> system is exported to our entire domain.
> 
> We've used two different servers for the "ss.tt" system, one 
> of which is 
> the DHCP/PXE server itself, and the other of which is the server that 
> contains our online Fedora distribution.  We get the same 
> (null) result 
> with both systems.
> 
> The installation always begins successfully, in that the 
> correct kernel and 
> initrd appear to be downloaded to the client system.  But 
> after that we 
> always get dropped into an interactive installation (i.e., no 
> kickstart).  If we check the progress window (CTRL-ALT-F3), 
> we always get 
> messages similar to:
> 
> * doing kickstart... setting it up
> * reverse name lookup worked
> * url is 169.237.ss.tt/fedora/ks/ks.cfg
> * file location: nfs://169.237.ss.tt/fedora/ks/ks.cfg
> * failed to mount nfs source
> 
> We've tried a number of more or less obvious variations, 
> including using a 
> different server, putting the ks.cfg file in /fedora and in 
> /fedora/ks/ks/, 
> etc., all to no avail.
> 
> Can any of you point us in the right direction?  Thanks.
> 
> 					- Mike
> ==========
> Michael Hannon            mailto:hannon physics ucdavis edu
> Dept. of Physics          530.752.4966
> University of California  530.752.4717 FAX
> Davis, CA 95616-8677
> 
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