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janSenior 10-04-2013 08:51 AM

creating a live cd does not work properly

I was trying out to build a livecd for fedora (so far tries have been
Fed 17 and Fed 19), according to the scheme
Fedora 17 LiveCD-Creator Thumbdrive Step-by-step

The reason for doing so is that I want to add some home made programs
and show them to others without requiring them to install all kinds of

The process runs, however, booting the newly created livecd (either
as file using qemu, or through a usb stick) is not successful:
booting will start, and after selecting Fedora to run screen
will be (and remain) black

any suggestion is welcome

kbp 10-05-2013 07:12 AM

Are you creating a usb drive image or an iso image? .. I've never had any issues creating iso's, here's the relevant line from a script I use:


setarch ${arch} livecd-creator --config=${kickstart} --cache=/var/cache/live --fslabel=${label}-$(date +%Y%m%d)
When I create images they're built from scratch via kickstart, not based on an existing system .. not that that's an issue, just a difference in process.

janSenior 10-06-2013 07:04 AM


In the meantime I have been busy creating a livecd, using predefined (and slightly modified) kickstart files
Fedora appears, that is the good news. The bad news is that my locally generated package that I included
in the modifies kickstart (and for which I have create a local repo) does appear on the list of installed
packages (when running the livecd on qemu), but the program, the package is supposed to install
cannot be found.

Anyway, we making progress
Thanks for the answer


kbp 10-06-2013 08:01 AM

Try 'rpm -ql <package_name>' when the livecd is running or 'rpm -qlp /path/to/package.rpm' on your build system/

janSenior 10-06-2013 03:13 PM

Yes, thanks
It turns out that the rpm I created does not contain files, so I'll have to study rpm

Anyway, thansk for the hint

kbp 10-06-2013 04:59 PM

Let me know if you need a hand, it's a regular part of my job

janSenior 10-07-2013 09:00 AM

Thanks. I just made a mistake in the "files" section of the rpm spec. Just a little reading helped

I am now in a position that I have created a livecd with my application as part of it using the predefined kick starts.
It runs on qemu-kvm, and it runs from an usb stick. All I have to do now is adapt the livecd a little (e.g. removing the screens
for choosing between logging in and installing the software on a hard disk).


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