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Re: Unable to eject boot cd during kickstart install



Lest there be any confusion, I didn't write the stuff attributed to 
me (the first indented ">"); that belongs to John. No doubt due to a 
simple typing error.

   -dwight-

On Thursday 14 February 2008 03:57:01 am John Summerfield wrote:
> dwight at supercomputer.org wrote:
>
> I'm forking a thread on ks, because it illustrates something
> that's been on my mind for a while.
>
> When I boot CD to net install (which I suppose the OP is doing coz
> otherwise it doesn;t make sense to head for other parts, media in
> hand), I'd like it to spit the CD out as soon as it's not
> required.
>
> Normally, I use PXE but just sometimes, I might boot from CD and
> then install off a good ADSL connexion. Taking the CD ensures
> there won't be an install loop. Waiting for it's tedious.
>
>
> bts I've just been testing PX+KS (CentOS5.1) on a 3yo or so
> Pentium IV. Takes a little less than 15 minutes, about what RHHL
> 7.2-3 took on Pentium IIs fdr a similar install.
>
> In contrast, XP's equivalent takes around an hour and despite the
> .SIF file (equivalent to the ks) it insists asking more question.
> And then it's ready to install the applications such as office
> software.
>
> Good Work JK (who I think's been on it all that time) and crew.
>
> > It sounds like there's some process left around which is keeping
> > the device open. That would be the first thing I'd check. If
> > nothing is obvious from a ps(1), then you'll have to dig deeper.
> >
> > lsof(1) and/or an `fuser -v` are typically used to track this
> > down. The trouble is that these aren't available from the F2
> > virtual terminal. I'm going from memory at the moment, but I'm
> > pretty certain this is the case.
> >
> > To use these utilities, you'll have to do something like the
> > following:
> >    1. chroot /mnt/system
> >    2. mount  up /sys (Check fstab, it would be something like
> > mount -t sysfs /sys
> >    3. mount up /proc
> >    4. /sbin/start_udev
> >
> > You should then be able to use lsof and/or fuser.
> >
> > You can also now do all sorts of other nifty things.
> >
> > Note that to exit this environment cleanly, you have to clean up
> > in the reverse order. Starting will killing the udevd daemon.
> >
> > Hope that helps.
> >
> >    -dwight-
> >
> > On Wednesday 13 February 2008 06:55:13 am Peter Schwenk wrote:
> >> I've been using kickstart installs with Fedora and CentOS for
> >> quite a while now.  I boot the system with a cd and enter the
> >> appropriate command at the BOOT: prompt and away it goes.  I've
> >> gotten used to being able to eject the cd from the system
> >> (using the button on the drive) at the point where it is
> >> installing packages.  For some reason, with Fedora 8 kickstart
> >> installs the cd is locked in the drive and I cannot eject it. 
> >> I've tried going to a virtual terminal and running 'eject
> >> /tmp/cdrom', but it returns "Input/output error".
> >>
> >> I'd like to be able to take the cd with me so that I don't have
> >> to go and retrieve it later.  Does anyone know how this can be
> >> done? Thanks in advance for your help.
> >>
> >>
> >> -----
> >> - Peter Schwenk
> >> - CITA-3, Systems Administrator
> >> - Mathematical Sciences
> >> - University of Delaware
> >> - schwenk _at_ math _dot_ udel _dot_ edu
> >> - http://www.math.udel.edu/~schwenk
> >
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