Ubuntu Installation :: Automated Kickstart Partitioning

Aug 9, 2010

I am trying to put together a customized automatic installation of Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop for a set of computers I manage at work. Since there are other servers in my department that are Red Hat based, I was introduced to Kickstart so I have been using that exclusively.

I have almost my entire installation automated using Kickstart with the exception of the partitioning, which is as follows:

My problem that I am asking for help on is that the Kickstart automates everything until the clearpart, where it then asks 2 questions which I would like to figure out how to automate the answers to (preferably within my Kickstart script)

The first question is the install process telling me about my currently configured partitions and mount points. Asking me if i want to "Undo changes to partitions" or "Finish Partitioning and write changes to disk" which I of course want to finish partitioning.

The second question is telling me if I continue the changes listed will be written to the disks, and asks if I want to "Write changes to disks?" which I want to select Yes for automatically.

Like I mentioned before I have searched the web and this forum for any potential way of doing this, but so far have come up with nothing, so I figured I would ask the experts out here and see what suggestions come up. I realize the Kickstart is not completely implemented in Ubuntu, however since I have everything written in Kickstart already I would prefer to stay within the Kickstart script to fix this.

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