hands off install

Carl Karsten carl at personnelware.com
Mon Mar 21 10:55:37 CST 2005

forgot to hit "reply all", but good because I need to correct my post. 
so Colin - please see the added text.

Colin Watson wrote:

 > On Mon, Mar 21, 2005 at 08:52:25AM -0600, Carl Karsten wrote:
 >> New data: picking a nic is a critical question, so it stops at this 
 >> So currently, a box with 2 nics can not be done "hands off."
 > My Kickstart test machine has two network cards, so I don't believe
 > that's true. Preseeding netcfg/choose_interface to eth1 (or whatever)
 > should do the job; in the netboot case, you'll have to do this on the
 > kernel command line (netcfg/choose_interface=eth1).

I am focusing on netboot, so preseed doesn't apply.  I think it would 
make testing easier if the netboot supported a floppy preseed, otherwise 
I have to burn a CD.


Excelent!  Thank you.

This should be noted on 

Do I file a bug report?

<added text>
My kernel parameter append line is now too long (the limit appears to be 
255 chars.

         append debconf/priority=critical 
languagechooser/language-name=English countrychooser/shortlist=US 
kbd-chooser/method=us initrd=ubuntu-installer/i386/initrd.gz 
ramdisk_size=12890 root=/dev/rd/0 rw -- 
preseed/url= netcfg/choose_interface=eth1 

I tried breaking it into 2,

         kernel ubuntu-installer/i386/linux 
initrd=ubuntu-installer/i386/initrd.gz ramdisk_size=12890 root=/dev/rd/0 
rw --
         append netcfg/wireless_wep 
languagechooser/language-name=English countrychooser/shortlist=US 
kbd-chooser/method=us netcfg/choose_interface=eth1 netcfg/wireless_wep= 

but now it won't boot:

VFS: Cannot open root device "<NULL>" or unknown-block(8,1)
Pleas append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 

Thinking of getting it to be in 80x60 so I could see the kernel option 
line, but that requires vga= to be added, which might make things worse.

Carl K

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