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Kickstart config automation

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,




Nick White

Systems Engineer

Landmark Graphics Corp.


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