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Old 03-09-2006, 10:27 AM   #1
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Kickstarting - Some distros work, some don't!

Hi everyone, my first post here. I'm still relatively new to Linux but I've been getting my hands dirty with kickstart recently.

Anyway I seem to be getting some odd results now everything is set up. The whole kickstart process is working but for whatever reason, some distributions install just fine and others fail at various points either during installation or during boot.

Heres a list of the distros i've tried:


Fedora 2 "Id "x" respawning too quickly" message upon booting after installation, command line seems fine but GUI doesn't display.

Fedora 3 - Installs but I'm getting some really odd graphics displayed upon boot, all sorts of random coloured lines vertically up the screen. Sometimes it will boot into the graphical front end, other times i get the colours and have to reboot manually

Fedora 4 - Works perfectly

Redhat 9 - Just as the graphical installation begins it drops back to console and gives a traceback of errors relating to - see bottom for more detail.

Redhat Enterprise ES 3 - This also failed but i cant remember why, will try again and post back.

Redhat Enterprise ES 4 - "Id "x" respawning too quickly" message upon booting, command line seems fine but GUI doesn't display.

Redhat Enterprise WS 4 - Works perfectly


So yea, 2 installations out of 7 work....pretty dreadful really and makes kickstart pointless if we cant choose the installation we want

Any ideas as to the cause of any of the errors would be fantastic. If anymore information is require i'll post it up.

Thanks for your time,


Heres the traceback from the RH9 installation:

1...2..3..4...5...X sercer started successfully
Traceback (most recent call last)
File "/usr/bin/anaconda" Line 705 in ?
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/" line 1154, in setInstallData
self.readKickstart(id, self.file)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/" line 668 in readKickstart
handlers[args[0]](id, args[1:])
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/" line 97 in doFirewall
['dhcp', 'ssh', 'telnet', 'smtp','http','ftp',
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/", line 394, in getopt
return apply(_isys.getopt, args)
TypeError: bad argument --enabled: unknown option

install exited abnormally
.....goes on closing everything then "safe to report" message.


EDIT:: I just tried Redhat ES3 from disc and it works fine so the discs aren't corrupt. Im not sure if the way i'm copying the files from the iso's / discs matters but i've been working my way from the last disc / iso using "cp -Ru" into a single folder so i've ended up with all the files.

Last edited by doof205; 03-09-2006 at 11:40 AM.


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