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Old 04-28-2004, 05:58 PM   #1
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KickStart Network install

Hello Gurus

I'm facing only one problem with kickstart. Before i mention what the problem is, i want to add that if i do a attended network install, it is working perfectly fine. That means the network connections are working. The redhat NFS server (with binaries) is up and running with static IP address. The client computer (DELL PowerEdge 1600C) is getting its IP addresses from DHCP router.

Now when i try to do unattended network install using redhat's kick start, it gives me the following error

" Error opening : kickstart file /tmp/ks.cfg : No such file or directory "

I have tried kickstart both the ways, that is, by placing ks.cfg file on NFS server and passing the right argument at
boot: linux ks=nfs:

as well as putting it on floppy and passing
boot: linux ks=hd:fd0/ks.cfg

[ in both the cases i am booting the client computer with redhat 7.3 cd1 and issuing kickstart commands ]

Yes i format the floppy properly. And the floppy is perfect.

If anyone has seen this error before and know how to fix it, please let me know. i am getting impatient now, because i have been trying to use kick start for the past 3 weeks !!!
Old 04-29-2004, 01:05 AM   #2
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You havent mentioned when u get that error message exactly...By the way, the looking at the error message I wonder if Red Hat 7.3 is looking for the kickstart file in /tmp ... Did u try putting ks.cfg under /tmp ?..anyways, try this...

1. On your NFS Server, try stopping your firewall to check if its causing problems. Command is

service iptables stop

2. If that does not work, then you may try the following method:

- Create a linux install floppy by copying the 'bootdisk.img' file to your floppy. If in linux, you can do it in the following way:

(a)mount /mnt/cdrom
(b) cd /mnt/cdrom/images
(c)cat bootdisk.img > /dev/fd0

From windows, you can use the 'rawritewin.exe' to burn 'bootdisk.img' to your floppy.

- Now copy your ks.cfg file from /root to your floppy

cp /root/ks.cfg /mnt/floppy/

- Next, reboot, boot from this floppy and on the linux install prompt, type

linux ks=floppy

If the floppy is OK, then your kickstart installation should proceed without any problems...




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