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Old 20th June 2005, 05:34 PM
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2 problems with kickstart installation of FC4

Hi,

I encountered 2 problems with kickstart installation of FC4.

1. Though I used "linux ks=floppy:/ks.cfg", the installer still asked for language, keyboard, etc. Then I added "text" after "install" in my ks.cfg. It worked once but encountered the next problem. When I restarted, it came back asking again. Finally, I saved my ks.cfg with Unix style "\n" instead of Windows style. Then the kickstart seemed to work, until, the next problem. Since kickstart is written in Python, the end of line symbols should be handled gracefully. I did not look at the Python script yet. Hopefully, the maintainer of kickstart should check this issue.

2. The ks process raised an exception after checking packaging info. From debug, I noticed that it stopped where the first package to be removed is encountered: eg., "-pert-LDAP". It seemed that ks cannot handle this kind of request: removing packages.

Did anyone get similar problems?
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Old 23rd June 2005, 05:27 AM
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Hi,

I did see your second problem. It seems like the kickstart can no longer remove packages with that syntax?? It worked in FC3 which is weird... Perhaps we should file a bug. Please tell me if you find a workaround.
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Old 24th June 2005, 12:42 PM
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I have the same problem. Is there a solution to this?
Thanks
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Old 29th June 2005, 09:14 PM
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I just use the most straight but most painful work-around: just don't use '-', instead of removing packages from a group (in this case you need '-'), I just add individual packages without adding the group (in this case no '-' needed).

But it is really a pain and, dare I say, a shame. We have to kick the guys who are responsible for kickstart ;-)

BTW, have you noticed my first problem?
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Old 30th June 2005, 01:42 AM
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Hi there!

I had the same problem today...
It's the first time I've experienced kickstart crashes.
Anyways... I found out that "-package" feature doesn't work anymore.
I can't belive it's anything other that a bug... To remove this on purpose would be the
ultimate in sillyness.

I'm thinking about filing a bug report tomorrow.
If you have already done so please post the bug #.

Brgds from Iceland
Diac
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Old 1st July 2005, 07:22 AM
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I found this post on the fedora list:

"
If you made a custom kickstart file and experience crashes during install, this
can be for you :

you got things like this in you package selection section

%packages
@ mail-server
@ smb-server
@ dns-server
-gaim
-xchat

with -gaim and -xchat standing for "do not install gaim nor xchat", you should
add them your architecture information :

-gaim.i386
-xchat.i386

"
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