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Old 8th October 2008, 10:47 AM
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fedora text mode install

Hi all,

I was wondering if Fedora provides a simple text based installation?
I do not want to install the whole thing and run in runlevel 3.

If yes, what is the minimum installation size achievable?
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Old 8th October 2008, 02:14 PM
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You can launch the text installer either from the full install dvd or the livecd:

From the dvd boot screen, press ESC, then type 'text' at the boot prompt.

From the LIveCD, press tab at the boot screen, delete 'rhgb' and add 'textinst'

The livecd installer won't allow any package selection since it just uncompresses a squashed premade filesystem. However you can make your own livecd quite easily using the livecd-tools package and add a minimal number of packages.
Eg for a text based livecd with development tools you could create this kickstart file (call it livecd-test.ks)

Code:
# livecd-test.ks

lang en_US.UTF-8
keyboard us
#keyboard uk
timezone US/Eastern
#timezone Europe/London
auth --useshadow --enablemd5
selinux --disabled
firewall --disabled
part / --size 2048

# root account
rootpw pass

repo --name=f9 --mirrorlist=http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/mirrorlist?repo=fedora-9&arch=$basearch

%packages
@core
bash
kernel
passwd
chkconfig
authconfig
rootfiles
memtest86+
nano
gcc
binutils
make
patch
libgomp
glibc-devel
glibc-headers
kernel-headers
kernel-devel
man
bc
system-config-firewall-tui

# installer packages
anaconda
isomd5sum
cracklib-python

%end
root pasword for the livecd is 'pass'

create livecd with:
Code:
sudo livecd-creator -f LIVECD_TEST -c livecd-test.ks -t <dir>/temp/ --cache=<dir>/yum-cache/
(directory <dir> needs a few gig of free space)

test iso image in qemu with:
Code:
sudo qemu -m 256 -cdrom LIVECD_TEST.iso &
transfer to usb stick /dev/sdb with
Code:
sudo livecd-iso-to-disk LIVECD_TEST.iso /dev/sdb1
You can launch the installer once booted in the live session by typing
Code:
liveinst --text
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