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Re: [virt-tools-list] How to determine if installation is successful?

On 03/07/2011 09:09 PM, Kay Williams wrote:
> Hello,
> I am writing a python script to automate the installation of new virtual machines using virt-install. The question I have is how to determine when an installation has completed successfully.  In our particular case, we are installing RHEL and CentOS 5 and 6 systems.  If we happen to provide invalid information for the virt-install "extra-args" parameter, or in the kickstart, the anaconda install stops and waits for user input.  If the user chooses to halt the installation by sending a CTRL+ALT+DELETE, control returns to virt-install, which provides an misleading message that installation was complete along with a misleading error code "0" (success).
> Can anyone suggest a good way to determine if a vm installation is successful?

There isn't a whole lot we can easily do from virt-install to ensure
that the install completed successfully.

My recommendation would be to try and use guestfish to poke into the
disk image and look for say /etc/redhat-release, or add some magic at
the end of your kickstart to call out another machine to verify the
install completed.

- Cole

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