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Re: [LORAX 0/6] Add livemedia-creator to lorax

On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 09:31:09PM -0500, Jon Stanley wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 8:56 PM, Brian C. Lane <bcl redhat com> wrote:
> > The wait is over. I think this stuff is now in good enough shape for
> > others to start using it and providing feedback. The README.livemedia-creator
> > file attempts to document things, or failing that, read the source :)
> Sorry for not seeing this until Will's message today, I just realized
> I'm replying to stale mail - oh well :)
> We have desires to use this at $DAYJOB for doing many things, and I'd
> like to know if it's in good enough shape to even POC right now.

It should be. I just did the first lorax build to include it (17.1-1)
take a look at the README.livemedia-creator file for instructions.

> First, we want to do as the name suggests, and create a RHEL6
> livemedia distro. This is quite obviously unsupported, but the need
> (for various use cases) is real - and in reality, if it blows up. it's
> a live distro, so it doesn't matter :). What I'm specifically
> wondering is if this requires specific hooks into anaconda, or if it
> will work with the anaconda in RHEL6 (we'd probably be looking at 6.2
> at this point). If it won't work today, what are the chances of
> getting the plumbing into 6.3 (or 6.4 for that matter) or is it too
> invasive? From reading the README.livemedia-creator, it doesn't look
> like anything special is required of anaconda - if I'm reading this
> correctly, it boots whatever anaconda you give it in --iso and runs it
> in KVM.
> We have a few other use cases relating to internal cloud, but I'd
> rather not discuss them on a public list :)

I haven't tried it with RHEL6 yet. It will probably work, it depends on
a couple of features -- the ability to inject the kickstart file into
the initrd and on the logging system code that works with a virtual
serial port. The virtio logging was added after rhel6 so that will
cause problems with detecting errors during install.

Other than that, it is a straight kickstart install. lorax
then takes over and converts the disk image to something you can boot
an iso from.

> But we'll certainly be kicking the tires on the livemedia part pretty
> quick - it looks awesome!

Thanks! I look forward to getting feedback from you.

Brian C. Lane | Anaconda Team | IRC: bcl #anaconda | Port Orchard, WA (PST8PDT)

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