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RE: How to constrain the install through kickstart to one drive



Unfortunately, I'm at a loss.  The environment I'm in is all SCSI disks
on hardware raid controllers.  I would guess that libata is the ATA
driver.  Looking in /proc/partitions though I can see all the partitions
on the disks that the OS can see.

/proc # cat partitions
major minor  #blocks  name

 104     0   35565360 cciss/c0d0
 104     1     104391 cciss/c0d0p1
 104     2    2096482 cciss/c0d0p2
 104     3    5245222 cciss/c0d0p3
 104     4          1 cciss/c0d0p4
 104     5    5245191 cciss/c0d0p5
 104     6   20772013 cciss/c0d0p6
 104     7    2096451 cciss/c0d0p7
 104    16   35565360 cciss/c0d1

On my virtual systems, I can see the following:
# cat /proc/partitions
major minor  #blocks  name     rio rmerge rsect ruse wio wmerge wsect
wuse running use aveq

   8     0   17825792 sda 21808 13601 274314 65860 223847 214442 3515998
259910 0 90050 325770
   8     1     104391 sda1 58 630 1376 220 41 30 142 310 0 500 530
   8     2    2096482 sda2 24 114 312 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 20
   8     3    7221217 sda3 27 100 338 80 25 13 280 1310 0 950 1390
   8     4          1 sda4 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   8     5    3148708 sda5 1818 6820 68426 18140 42791 31850 597496
60360 0 26230 78500
   8     6    3148708 sda6 19781 5569 202770 47340 180599 180332 2897160
194660 0 68550 242000
   8     7    2096451 sda7 40 99 434 50 391 2217 20920 3270 0 1530 3320

On the other hand, lsmod shows the cciss module on my physicals and
either the Buslogic or mptscsi driver on my virtuals.  That's what I use
to make my determination in the %pre section.

In thinking about this some more, /proc/partitions might be a better way
to determine which drive to partition and how since you are shown all
the drives and partitions that the OS can see (column 4) as well as
their block size (1K blocks) (column 3).

Maarten Broekman

-----Original Message-----
From: redhat-list-bounces redhat com
[mailto:redhat-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Phil Savoie
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 9:24 PM
To: redhat-list redhat com
Subject: Re: How to constrain the install through kickstart to one drive

Thanks Maarten,

Just curious now... I did an lsmod on 2 machines. On one I see the ahci
and 
the libata modules loaded.  I don't see these on a machine with IDE
drives 
installed.  Am I to assume these are the modules for SATA/PATA?  If so,
good.  
I did not see anything that stood out to me indicating a module for IDE
disks 
on the IDE only machine with lsmod.  Would you know what module I should
be 
looking for?

Thanks in advance,

Phil 

On Tuesday 18 September 2007 14:45, Broekman, Maarten wrote:
> If you always know that the drive you want to install on is /dev/sda,
> --ondisk will do the trick.  The tricky part comes if different
machines
> have their drives addressed in different ways (/dev/hda, /dev/sda,
etc).
> In those cases you can still use a single ks file be creative use of
the
> %pre section to determine the correct disk name to clear and
partition.
>
> I use a single ks file for each RHEL (one for RHEL3, one for RHEL4,
etc)
> regardless of whether I'm installing on a physical machine
> (/dev/cciss/c0d0) or virtual machine (/dev/sda) by checking the loaded
> modules (lsmod) in the %pre section and then changing the partition
> table accordingly.  This also lets me address different drive sizes in
> different ways.
>
> On the other hand, the kickstart files become a bit more complicated
and
> the chance of errors in the kickstart file go up, but it is possible.
> The use of multiple kickstart files also depends on the application
> loadout of the systems you're installing on.  If all the systems get
the
> same package load, then one kickstart file is easy to maintain.  If
> different servers get different loads, then it's much easier to manage
> that with multiple kickstart files.
>
> Maarten Broekman
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: redhat-list-bounces redhat com
> [mailto:redhat-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Phil Savoie
> Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 2:28 PM
> To: redhat-list redhat com
> Subject: Re: How to constrain the install through kickstart to one
drive
>
> Thanks for responding both Andrew and Maarten.
>
> Ok then,  I was hoping that there was a way to say, regardless of what
> drives
> are installed in the pc, just load the drive that's hanging off
Primary
> Master and leave the rest alone?  This is basically what I want to do.
> I
> just didn't want to go through the pc's to find out exactly what type
of
>
> drives are installed.  Not to start an OS flame war but I can do this
in
>
> Solaris using the keyword "bootdisk" in the jumpstart profile.  Just
> wondering if there was something similar in ES4.
>
> Thank you again, for your time...
>
> Phil
>
> On September 18, 2007 13:28:28 Andrew Bacchi wrote:
> > You can't always use one size fits all.  We have many kickstart
files
> > for our many servers.  Each kickstart is tailored for a type of
server
> > and we use the type that best suits our needs.
> >
> > So, the ondisk=sda/hda problem is solved by using the appropriate
> > kickstart file.  At the install screen we define which kickstart to
>
> use
>
> > with "linux ks=kickstart_file_name".
> >
> > Phil Savoie wrote:
> > > HI All,
> > >
> > > I have a number of machines I would like to install using
kickstart.
> > >
> > > This isn't the problem as this I know how to do...but, some pc's
>
> have
>
> > > more than one HD installed.  Some of the pc's have pata, sata or
ide
> > > drives; that is a mixture of all I have mentioned.  In order to
>
> combat
>
> > > the problem of kickstart not working on all types of disks, I took
>
> out
>
> > > the  ondisk=[s|h]da.  This works well on a pc with a single disk.
>
> With
>
> > > more than one disk, the second disk also get a filesystem.  I
don't
>
> want
>
> > > the second disk touched at all.  Is there a way to do this?
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance,
> > >
> > > Phil
> >
> > --
> > veritatis simplex oratio est
> > 		-Seneca
> >
> > Andrew Bacchi
> > Systems Programmer
> > Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
> > phone: 518.276.6415  fax: 518.276.2809
> >
> > http://www.rpi.edu/~bacchi/
>
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