Network install FC7

bruce bedouglas at
Fri Nov 2 02:54:17 UTC 2007

For my $0.02...

mount the dvd iso to create your own dir on your hard drive.. from here you
can either do a simple nfs, or an http install... this assumes you have
space on your drive.

i could never get the dvd install to work, using the iso on a hard drive.


-----Original Message-----
From: fedora-list-bounces at
[mailto:fedora-list-bounces at]On Behalf Of John Summerfield
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2007 6:37 PM
To: For users of Fedora
Subject: Re: Network install FC7

Kam Leo wrote:
> On 11/1/07, Bill Davidsen <davidsen at> wrote:
>> I want to install FC8 on a machine without a DVD, but with a CD drive. I
>> decided the easy way is to do a network install, and put the DVD image
>> on my file server. However, after trying the install command on both the
>> rescue CD and the boot.iso from the DVD, and exporting the data by both
>> NFS and HTTP, I'm beginning to think that there is a serious omission in
>> the "quick and easy" guide. The install pulls the stage2 file off the
>> server and then says it can't pull the file off the server and invites
>> reconfiguration. I can most definitely pull the file with correct md5sum
>> using either protocol.
>> Looking at te HTTP access in the httpd/access log, it looks af if the
>> install looks first in the "disk1" directory, then directly in images,
>> but it finds the file just fine.
>> One possible problem, this is an Athlon processor (K7) and I can find
>> distributions for i686, x86_64, and pcc, but none for i386 (the RPMs say
>> i686 in the 386 directory), or for Athlon. Because FC8 works, I assume
>> this is configuration rather than needing a different build.
>> Is there a simple trick or a pointer to valid instructions? I can
>> install FC8 on the machine just fine, but pulling a pre-release
>> distribution over a slow (4Mbit) network is not what I want other than a
>> proof of concept.
>> --
>> bill davidsen <davidsen at>
>> CTO TMR Associates, Inc
>> Doing interesting things with small computers since 1979
> For NFS install you only need to provide access to the iso file. The
> information here, , is a
> little dated but the concepts should hold.
I had a discussion about the op's question on the Scientific Linux list.
My conclusion is that http (and ftp) installs fro dvd images are broken
with the advent of yum in anaconda, in FC6, RHEL5 and later.

The problem's with the "media" URLs in the repo, they look to me an over
complicated way of ensuring the correct CD is mounted.

The workaround's to unpack (or mount -o loop) the ISO, and create a repo
a directory back, in rw space. I've not tried it, but I think it would work.

I got fairly disgusted about then, esp as the README that used to
describe the procedure to convert CD images to network install image
went missing.

I like http installs, they're more flexible than nfs and I get nice logs
recording what files were used. And, if I wish, I can simply configure
my (virtual) Apache server to proxy someone's mirror and install from
there, caching the bits I actually want.



-- spambait
1aaaaaaa at  Z1aaaaaaa at
-- Advice

Please do not reply off-list

fedora-list mailing list
fedora-list at
To unsubscribe:

More information about the fedora-list mailing list