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Old 09-09-2009, 12:26 PM   #1
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Kickstarting from an external USB cdrom

Hi guys,
I have been posting around kickstart questions in the past few weeks and I got some really good answers in most cases, so i'll try another one here I couldn't find a good answer for while googling for it...

I made a nice working CentOS5 kickstart cdrom that works on most of our servers perfectly...

Today someone tried to install it on a server whose cdrom drive is problematic, and decided to use an external USB cdrom drive in order to do it.
The system boots from the external drive, but when it tries to find the kickstart configuration file (which is usually located in ks=cdrom:/somepath/ks.cfg), it fails...

Now, I understand I can write something like
and it should work.
But how can I know which device is the device of the cdrom?
I tried sda1, scd0, hdc, hda1, sr0, sg0, ...... and lots and lots of others.

Unfortunately, the installation doesn't event reach the part where it gives me a shell in tty2, so i can't search for the device files.

I then tried to install linux normally (without loading configuration from the kickstart) and receive the shell on tty2 and then , but it gets stuck before that - looking for the location of the centos rpms.

I pretty much don't have a clue how to know which device it is or if there's a better solution to my problem...

Any ideas will be gladly accepted!
Old 09-09-2009, 12:41 PM   #2
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Try another linux livecd and findout the device name, in most cases it'd be the same
Old 09-10-2009, 12:58 AM   #3
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Yeah, I've done something similar and found the device was scd0, though I was sure I already checked for it!

Now I wonder if there isn't a way to make the kickstart search all these devices if it can't find the ks.cfg file in the regular cdrom automatically, so the installation can still be unattended in these cases...
Old 09-10-2009, 05:49 AM   #4
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Did your centos kickstart cd work ?


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