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RE: building distro CD's



I have seen some good reasons for your own distro CDs.  I have users in
my company located in Europe and Asia and installing over the network or
behind firewalls does not always work.  I was able to put my entire
install on a single bootable CD which my users rather like.  I even have
one version of the build that requires no user interaction beyond
turning on the machine and inserting the CD.  It even selects a
predefined root password and automatically partitions.

Here is a website that showed how to make your own custom distro CD
which I have successfully done myself:

http://www.redhawk.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=5&page=3

Here is another set of instructions which are a little different but
look technically correct.  However, I have not tried these instructions:

http://www.techonthenet.com/linux/rh9_update.htm

Brian


-----Original Message-----
From: kickstart-list-admin redhat com
[mailto:kickstart-list-admin redhat com] On Behalf Of Mike Benson
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2003 1:19 AM
To: kickstart-list redhat com
Subject: RE: building distro CD's


Gillian,

genhdlist is part of the anaconda-runtime package.

Look in /usr/lib/anaconda-runtime

As for which is easier, I definitely have to say kickstarted network
install
(personally I favour NFS over http) is the way to go if you can. Making
sure
your CDs are up to date was always a pain. Now I have overnight scripts
managing the  central repository, automated update of the deployed
systems,
and the only thing I have to manage for each new system is the ks.cfg on
the
boot disk - and that is pretty much a template as well.

Just my $0.02....

Mike
-----Original Message-----
From: gb [mailto:gillian bennett celentia com]
Sent: Thursday, 16 October 2003 4:46 PM
To: kickstart-list redhat com
Subject: building distro CD's


Hi,

I have been looking for some direction in building my own distro CD's
for RH9, including in the distro some custom RPMS, the updates that are
required, etc. 

I have found a few mailing list entries that talk about doing it, but in
general they say use "genhdlist", which I have only been able to find as
an old copy from 2002 or somewhere around there. It wants to use a
module called URPM.pm, which is too old to run on rh9 (ie wants old
library modules etc, old version of perl).

So in general, without these tools, how do I construct my own cd's for
the distro, or is it just easier to leave them where they are on an http
server and kickstart from there?

thanks, Gillian



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