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Old 11-11-2003, 02:50 PM   #1
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Kickstart Problems need huge help

Hi fellow gurus

I have been battling kickstart for 2 days now, its been an on going fight from the beginning and I am losing. Thats why I am turning to you for reinforcement support.

Ok basically its like this. I have 2 computers. Both running RedHat 8. One is an older version computer (client) the other is a newer version(server) both AMD.

I created a kickstart file for NFS installation while booting from an already created floppy diskette. I put my kickstart file onto the bootable diskette. I enabled NFS and shared a directory that has an "installation tree" from a copied binary cdroms that i got from linux. CD-Roms 1-3. My shared directory is /kickstart/rh8/iso_image and inside iso_image directory i have installation tree directory called RedHat.

So i created the kickstart file gave it prefered settings, different partitions to be on same hard drive because client has only 1hda. I gave it servers ip address and shared directory location under NFS option. I assigned in networking options client ip address, subnetmask, gateway, and servers ip address. I left pre and post installation blank or default.

I then exported the shared directory inside /etc/export:
/kickstart/rh8/iso_image *(ro,sync)

Now i boot up client with floppy issue command "linux ks=floppy". And the BATTLE BEGINS. client contacts server for information. Then anaconda starts it checks for video card, monitor and then it starts giving me errors regarding X configuartion and then i get a bug report against anaconda which looks like this:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/anaconda", line 694, in ?, dispatch, configFileData)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/", line 402, in run
(step, args) = dispatch.currentStep()
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/", line 251, in currentStep
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/", line 150, in gotoNext
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/", line 215, in moveStep
rc = apply(func, self.bindArgs(args))
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/", line 121, in readPackages
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/", line 1119, in setGroupSelection
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/", line 580, in __getitem__
return self.compsDict[key]
KeyError: Minimal

And this list goes on and on. Then the client kills all its processes and unmounts everything and tells me i can now turn it off safely.

I dont understand what is going on is it because i cant do kickstart on a machine that already has an operating system or is it something that im doing wrong. I dont know what to do i need help. I have checked countless tutorials on how to do kickstart visited page and i have a small booklet taht shows me how to do kickstart and i follow directions and i just cant get it to work. Its been HELL couple of last days. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


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