Prototype: RHEL5 Server for LTSP5

Warren Togami wtogami at
Mon Jul 21 20:34:18 UTC 2008

I got a basic thin client to work on a RHEL5 server.  Here are some 
basic notes and instructions so people can give it a try.
The permanent RHEL5 instructions will be here when I (or someone else?) 
gets around to writing it.

Current Limitations
1) The client chroot is Fedora 9.  Too many changes are necessary to 
make RHEL5 work as a client.
2) ltsp-build-client cannot run on RHEL5 because it needs newer 
libraries than what are available.  So I provide a pre-built Fedora 9 
client chroot in a 155MB tarball.  See instructions below.
3) ltspfs (local storage devices) is broken.
4) Sound doesn't work.

#3 and #4 might be something simple, but I currently cannot prioritize 
looking at it.  Let the list know if you REALLY need this.

Install Instructions
1) Install ltsp-server
Yum repos.  All you really need is ltsp-server on your RHEL5 server, and 
it will pull in everything else it needs as deps.

2) Configure the server exactly as described in with one exception.
Instead of ltsp-build-client, you must untar the client chroot.  I 
provide the client chroot here:

cd /opt/ltsp
tar xfvj FILENAME.tar.bz2

That's all!  Let me know if this works for you, or if you have any 
patches to improve the broken parts.

Warren Togami
wtogami at

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