[et-mgmt-tools] [Fwd: Kickstart Tips and Tricks]

Michael DeHaan mdehaan at redhat.com
Mon Jul 9 21:43:05 UTC 2007

drew einhorn wrote:
> This paper suggests considering Kickstart Configurator (KC).
> This was one of the first tools I tried.  I found it unsatisfactory.
> It choked on reading a network configuration with a secondary dns server.
> I don't like the way it writes it's kickstart files.  I write my 
> kickstart files
> with the commands in a logical order that makes more sense to me.
> After I make changes using KC the order of the commands is
> scrambled.  And lines I have commented out because I don't want them
> in the current config, but may change my mind and reinstate them
> later just disappear.
> Think there was one more issue but I can't remember it right now.
> Anyway I decided it way more trouble that it was worth, and
> stopped using it.

system-config-kickstart is quite useful for exploring choices in 
kickstart options.

It is true that pykickstart can choke on loading some variations of 
kickstart files, however.   In which case,
it's still a nice starting point for building something from scratch, 
and you can refine the results later.

Anyhow, this is more on-topic for kickstart-list :)

> On 7/9/07, *Michael DeHaan* < mdehaan at redhat.com 
> <mailto:mdehaan at redhat.com>> wrote:
>     This post from kickstart list contains some interesting items
>     related to
>     Kickstart Fu that would probably be of interest to most people
>     here who are
>     interested in provisioning.    Cobbler has a cameo.   Thanks, Chip!
>     If you are not already on kickstart-list, it's
>     http://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/kickstart-list
>     <http://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/kickstart-list>
>     --Michael
>     All,
>     As promised, I have finally completed the presentation for
>     LinuxWorld and welcome feedback and corrections:
>     http://www.shabazian.com/lw2007.pdf
>     <http://www.shabazian.com/lw2007.pdf>
>     Thanks, and I hope it's useful to someone.
>     Chip
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