I have a variety of user types, hardware types, and RedHat distributions that I'm responsible for and I need to add some more automation into my Kickstarts to make them "smarter" and to perhaps enable users to load there own machines. I currently point to one of several kickstart configuration files on an NFS server, but maintaining many kickstart files is getting troublesome.
For example, if I need to start including a new package in new installs, I have to edit all of the kickstart files and add the package to the %package section. I tried using an %include statement and point to files that contained my base package lists, but I didn't get it right. Anaconda couldn't see the files I was referencing. I tried mounting the remote filesystems in the %pre section, but it still didn't see them. Anyway, that's just a example of how stupidly I'm doing things now.
I was intrigued by the idea that was brought up recently about using a CGI script to determine options. How would you run the CGI? Would you just do an HTTP GET from the %pre section and put the output in /tmp, then %include it? How would you pass parameters to the CGI (could you pass them in at the "boot" prompt)?
Thanks in advance,
Landmark Graphics Corp.