CentOS 5 :: Single Disk Kickstart: How To Use Upgraded Kernel

Aug 19, 2010

For portability reasons; I am building a standalone kickstart ISO; based of Cent5.2. I am to the point where I can load my ks file (linux ks=cdrom:/ks.cfg), it reads it fine; and performs the install as I want.

Where I am having a problem; is a good way to have the install use upgraded RPM's, not the base; specifically a kernel with a few needed tweaks in it; which is packaged in an rpm.

I attempted to place my kernel rpm's into the CentOS directory and rerun creatrepo; but I simply managed to corrupt the base repo on the install media.

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CentOS 5 :: Install Custom Kernel Rpm Via Kickstart

Mar 3, 2010

I have compiled and created a kernel rpm kernel-2.6.18165.11.1.el5-3.i386.rpm
then created initrd image

I have installed the above via kickstart installation

mount xxx.xxx.x.xx:/var/www/html/os/i386 /mnt/tmp
cd /mnt/tmp
rpm -uvh kernel-2.6.18165.11.1.el5-3.i386.rpm
cp initrd-2.6.18-165.11.1.el5.img /boot


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CentOS 5 :: Kickstart Bootloader Append To Kernel Line

Feb 3, 2010

I'm building kickstart files for my various machines.On my xen virtualization servers, I'm trying to get dom0_mem=512M added to the grub kernel line. Unfortunately, the bootloader --append option gets added to the linux kernel line, not the xen kernel line, which doesn't have the desired effect.Is there another way to put this into the kickstart file or should I use sed to put it into grub.conf in my post install section?

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CentOS 5 :: How To Tell Kickstart / Anaconda / Mkinitrd To Use New Kernel Version Number?

May 5, 2009

I want a new kernel RPM in my custom CentOS 5 kickstart distro. I built the kernel, got a nice kernel RPM out, and replaced it in my ks.cfg. The install goes fine until the very end, where Anaconda prints some spurious stuff about mkinitrd failing.I get why it might fail -the kernel version argument to mkinitrd was no doubt for the old kernel. But I have no idea where this is -it's not in the ks.cfg afaict, and so I don't quite get where Anaconda / mkinitrd gets it from.

I'd eventually like to use this kernel for the installer as well, but I think I understand that process much better.How do I tell kickstart / Anaconda / mkinitrd to use the new kernel version number?

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CentOS 5 Networking :: Bridge Configuration Does Not Work Afer Upgraded The Kernel To

Apr 14, 2010

That the Linux bridge configuration does not work afer I upgraded the kernel to Why I can't find the device vmbr0?


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CentOS 5 Server :: Mount Disk In Single Volume?

Jun 24, 2009

I dont know if this is possible or not but here what I would like to do. I have 6 linux server and each has 100GB disk space. All of these 6 box are compute nodes and space are not used really. However, If I can combine 6 servershard disk that will in total 6*100GB gives you quite a bigger space. Is there any tool or ways to mount these drive in one volume instead of mounting individually ?

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CentOS 5 Hardware :: Map Four Hard Disk As Single Volume?

Jul 1, 2010

I need to install a voice recording application on a server.My problem is that I have four hard disks with 150 GB storage space each. So I have 150*4 = 600 GB Storage available as whole .I need all four hard drives (600 GB ) as single volume to store and retrieve recording .

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Red Hat :: During Install Can't Eject Kickstart Disk To Insert Binary Disk?

Apr 9, 2011

I am installing a number of boxes with RHEL 6, using a kickstart file I made and put on a boot disk.I am having trouble, however, when using this disk. The boot loader recognizes my kickstart file, but when it prompts me that it can't find the RHEL distro on my disk, and that I need to insert the DVD that contains the distro, I cannot eject the CD. Button pushy, no ejecty. I tried a paper clip to open the drive, but even after inserting the distro disk this way, it doesn't see it. It's like anaconda is wrapped around the mount of the boot disk and won't let go.

There's nothing special I need to have in the kickstart file for this to work right? I have thought about putting an eject statement in the post section, but that isn't even used until the OS is installed is it? I can get around this by creating a distro DVD with my kickstart file, but I'd rather not do that, and use the kickstart/boot disk functionality as intended.

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Hardware :: Fedora 11 RAID 1 - Disk Failure - Boot From The Single Working Disk?

Oct 16, 2009

my Fedora 11 system is not starting anylonger. It stops with the message:


VFS: Can't find ext4 filesystem on dev dm-0

The system told me since a while, that a lot of the sectors of one disk of the (software) RAID compound are failed already. So tried to disconnect each of the disks and start them separately. Unfortunaltly this is not working (for one its is not working at all, the other wents the same far as with both), when I tried to recover the system with the Fedora DVD, it said no distribution found. I am quite new and do not know so much about linux system, so i do not know what further information you could need. Maybe it can be important, that both disks are encryped (the system wents so far, that I can type in the password).

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Ubuntu Installation :: Migrate Working Single Disk System To Existing RAID Array Using Disk UUIDs

Aug 1, 2010

I had done a new lucid install to a 1 TB RAID 1 array using the alternate CD a few weeks back. I messed up that system trying to some hardware working that lucid doesn't have drivers for yet, so I gave up on it and reinstalled to a single 80 GB disk that I now want to move over to the RAID array.

I moved all of the existing files on the array to a single folder, then copied all of the folders from the 80 GB disk over to the array with permissions and symlinks (minus the contents of /proc and /sys, which I created empty).

These are the commands I used:


p -a -d -R -v -t /media/raid_array /b*
cp -a -d -R -v -t /media/raid_array /d*
cp -a -d -R -v -t /media/raid_array /e*
cp -a -d -R -v -t /media/raid_array /h*


I tried to change fstab to use the 689a... for root, but when I try to boot, it's still trying to open /dev/disk/by-uuid/412d...

So then I booted from the single disk again and chrooted into the array, then ran update-initramfs -u. I got 3 "grep: /proc/modules: No such file or directory" errors, and "cat: /proc/cmdline: No such file or directory"- so I created directory /proc/modules, created an empty file /proc/cmdline, and ran the initramfs update again. Then I tried to shut down, which hung (probably because I was doing all of this from a terminal window in Gnome), so I killed the power after a couple of minutes.

It's still trying to use /dev/disk/by-uuid/412d... to boot.

What am I missing? I assume I just have to change the UUID to mount as root, but I don't know how.

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CentOS 5 :: Kernel Panic - Disk From Array Failed

May 6, 2009

I have an old server based on Tyan Thunder LE-T (s2518UGN),: embeeded VGA - ATI Rage XL two Intel Pentium III (PGA370) processors at 1133 MHz 512 MB ECC RAM embeeded Dual Intel 82559 LAN controllers 10/100Mbps embeeded Adaptec 7899W NT Ultra160 SCSI Adaptec SCSI RAID 2000S (PCI card to support for bootable RAID 5) 3x Seagate HDD ST318438LW connected in RAID 5 instaled OS was RedHat 8 rack case (2U) It worked fine but one disk from array failed.

I provided backup and decided use two mirrored SATA disks Seagate ST3500320NS HDD ES.2 500GB with PCI SATA controler Kouwell KW-5125 (SiI3124 chipset) inserted through PCI riser card (2U case). (I can't replace old SCSI disk because it isn't available any more.) I disabled SCSI controler in BIOS and removed Adaptec SCSI RAID 2000S PCI card. I inserted PCI SATA controler connected both SATA disks and configured mirroring.


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Fedora :: Customized Kernel For Kickstart Installation

Oct 13, 2010

I have successfully setup a kickstart environment for installing the original Fedora 13 using PXE/DHCP/TFTP. Now I want to build a customized kernel and install it using the same Kickstart setup. After building the new kernel.rpm file, what are right steps to do to replace the original kernel rpm in Kickstart RPM directory, like fixing modules dependency, creating new bzImage and intrid etc?

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CentOS 5 :: System-config-kickstart Error In CentOS 5.3?

Apr 10, 2009

I tried to run system-config-kickstart when after full installed CentOS 5.3,it report error as following,does anyone face the same problem?

[root@localhost ~]# system-config-kickstart
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, kernel-module, priorities, protectbase,
: versionlock


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Server :: CentOS Installer -not- To Use LVM In A Kickstart?

Dec 14, 2010

Does anyone know of a way to tell the CentOS installer -not- to use LVM in a kickstart? We've been using a system that lets us define which particular drives to use during the installation as part of our deployment system. This does not work now that LVM is the 'default' in CentOS. I've looked over the options and I see how to FORCE particular LVM configurations, but I see no way to just turn it off.

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Red Hat :: CentOS Kickstart Does Not Save Screenshots?

Jun 24, 2010

I created a kickstart file and put it on a floppy. I have installed several times to refine the process and confused. I am not sure if the kickstart file is even being used by grub. I specified

autostep --autoscreenshot The install STILL asks me all those questions I was trying to avoid by doing autostep in the first place, and /root/anaconda-screenshots coes not exist.

I specified
linux = hd:fd0:/ks.cfg

as a Grub command line option. I got that line off a forum, so it may be inaccurate. Anyone know if that is correctd? If I screw that up, shouldn't anaconda complain about file-not-found? Are the screenshots only applicable to graphics mode or also to text mode? (I have been using text mode, assuming text file screen dumps would appear in that subdirectory...)

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CentOS 5 Server :: Cp Not Working In Kickstart?

Sep 18, 2009

I am trying to kickstart and want in post install to copy some files from a shared directory, to enable passwd less ssh and having
same users across the clusters. But the cp does not work, nor does .ssh directory is getting created I have pasted my post install script below.

mkdir /mnt/sysimage/mnt/temp
mount -t nfs /mnt/sysimage/mnt/temp
cp -f /mnt/sysimage/mnt/temp/passwd /etc/passwd
cp -f /mnt/sysimage/mnt/temp/group /etc/group


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CentOS 5 :: 5.5 Kickstart Install From Harddrive?

May 23, 2010

I'm trying to install CentOS 5.5 from harddrive using a kickstart file. Kickstart file is read correctly, it contains the following 3 lines (+ additional config):

harddrive --partition=sda11 --dir=repos/CentOS/5.5/isos/i386
repo --name="CentOS-5.5 - Updates" --baseurl=hd:sda11:repos/CentOS/5.5/updates/i386

I've downloaded both CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-DVD.iso and CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-1of7.iso, but anaconda (the installer) asks: - What partition and directory on that partition holds the CD (iso9660) images for CentOS? ...

VT3 gives these messages:
INFO: partition /dev/sda11 selected
INFO: mounting device sda11 for hard drive install
INFO: mntloop loop7 on /tmp/loopimage as /tmp/hdimage/repos/CentOS/5.5/isos/i386/CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-1of7.iso fd is 12


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CentOS 5 :: KickStart Fails With 5.5 Version

Sep 15, 2010

I have been using the same kickstart more or less since release 5.2 but it fails with 5.5. It looks like it is good all the way to the final stages. Does anyone know what has changed in anaconda for this release? I think the first boot process has changed as well.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Upgraded To 10.04 But Cannot Use Kernel 2.6.32-22.32+

Jun 20, 2010

I had upgraded to 10.04 but can not use kernel 2.6.32-22.32+, I had to go back to kernel 2.6.31-21. because of the default video driver had change from the one kernel to the other, and I do not know how the correct it. In 2.6.32-22 the font would change and to a smaller size and I can barely view anything because it looks like some two year old puke a box of crayons all over the screen.

Second issue is it does not matter what power-saving mode I am in, in 5 minutes time it with go into suspension. Or right after coming out of hibernate, it will go into suspension indefinitely and no coming out of it and must to a hard boot.

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Ubuntu :: Upgraded Kernel - Can't Log In To XFCE

Oct 17, 2010

I just upgraded the kernel from 2.6.32-24 to 2.6.32-25. When it was finished it logged me out of XFCE without warning (is that normal)? Now if I try to log in to XFCE the screen goes blank and I just get returned to the login screen. I can log in to GNOME however. I get the same problem if I boot into -24 or -25.

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Debian :: Upgraded Kernel - Now Can't Use Certain Apps

Aug 25, 2010

I recently upgraded my Debian kernel to 2.6.35 via backports and reinstalled my graphic driver. But when I try to use certain apps, it just sits there in the taskbar trying to load for a couple minutes, then automatically closes itself. Specifically I've noticed the nvidia x-server menu and open office doing this, while they both worked fine before I upgraded the kernel. some apps will do this, while others will work fine.

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General :: Use Kickstart To Install Centos From Cdrom?

Apr 12, 2010

when i use kickstart to install centos from cdrom (i make it myself in my way),i got a %post script problem with the kickstart file. 1.%post script used to copy my own software from cdrom to hard disk.then make install automaitlly with bash script.

the %post script like :
mkdir -p /myownsoftware
cp -r /mnt/myownsoftware/* /myownsoftware
cd /myownsoftware


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General :: Error With CentOS Kickstart File?

Jan 6, 2010

I have downloaded the following kickstart file for installing minimal < 300 MB space centOS 5.2. I have created a Virtual Machine for Linux and attempting to install CentOS.here is my kickstart file:

# Kickstart file


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Red Hat :: Centos/RHEL5.4 : Anaconda-Kickstart And UUID?

Mar 21, 2011

I am using the "harddrive" option in a kickstart config to have it pick up isolinux files from a USB flash drive. I have been able to get it work by specifying the device name directly, but if I specify a LABEL or UUID, it does not work.Here is what my ks.cfg looks like.

harddrive --partition=LABEL="/install" --dir=/
lang en_US.UTF-8


It almost seems like the version of Anaconda in Centos5.4 does not support specifying UUID or LABELs, but I have not been able to confirm that from the Release notes.Appreciate any tips/references/documentation.

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CentOS 5 :: Unable To Get The Clients To Do A Kickstart Install?

Sep 8, 2009

we can't get the clients in our lab to do a kickstart install. we're doing the install by booting from the Centos 5.3 net install cd and anaconda starts, but terminates abnormally reporting a SIGSEGV fault. Interestingly, attempts at doing an install from a CD and without the network connection results in this error:

X11TransSocketINETConnect() can't get address for localhost:6001. Temporary failure in name resolution.

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CentOS 5 :: Add Repo At Install Time -> Kickstart?

Oct 22, 2009

In the release anouncement there is mention of adding additional repo's at install time. Is this also possible in the kickstart file?

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CentOS 5 :: 5.5 Kickstart %include Generated By %pre Script Ignored?

Nov 5, 2010

I'm trying to dynamically write command section stubs with a pre-script to be included via %include. The simplest of these contains the disk partitioning commands. Following the canonical examples,[URL].. for one, of this found in every source of documentation for RHEL/Fedora variants does not work. Anaconda attempts to prompt for interaction to get the partitioning scheme and a cmdline install stops with "In interactive mode parttype, can't continue". I've stripped things down to the following two cases:

cp /mnt/source/disks-ks.cfg /tmp/
%include /tmp/disks-ks.cfg


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CentOS 5 :: Kickstart Installation Hangs At GetNetConfig?

Apr 22, 2011

I am trying to do a kickstart installation of CentOS 5.5 x86 using a static IP on eth1. (The machine has 4 ethernet ports). I set ks, ksdevice, ip, netmask, and noipv6 when the boot disc asks for the init commands.I have similar networking information configured in the kickstart script. I have tried switching the order of the network config lines in the kickstart script to place eth1 at the top. Either way the installation hangs. On tty3 I can see that the command last called is getNetConfig. All of this configuration is using static IPs. I'm not sure why it thinks it has to do anything extra... Is there a problem trying to reuse the same eth1 NIC for the second stage? I have tried using the same and different IPs on the same subnet but nothing changes the outcome. Both the kickstart file and the install tree are on the same subnet, the same server in fact. Both are accessed via FTP but I had this problem with NFS as well.

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Aug 28, 2010

I just installed kernel version 2.6.26-rc2.5.1, but "uname -r" is still giving me 2.6.36-rc2-5-default. Am I booting with the new kernel? How can I tell? If not, how do I create a new boot option?

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Feb 5, 2010

This the second time it has happened after the security upgrade to kernel 2.6.31-19 with a clean shut down it goes into the grub menu and will not boot.

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