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    A commonly asked question among new users and some experienced users is how do I do get this or that during the installation of Fedora Core Linux. Below is a list of command line options that can be used when you first boot from your Fedora distro media--taken from Anaconda-10.0:
    Boot time command args:
    expert          Turns on special features:
                        - allows partitioning of removable media
                        - prompts for driver disk
    noshell         Do not put a shell on tty2 during install.
    lowres          Force GUI installer to run at 640x480.
    resolution=<mode> Run installer in mode specified, '1024x768' for example.
    nousb           Do not load USB support (helps if install hangs
                    early sometimes).
    nofb            Do not load the VGA16 framebuffer required for doing
                    text-mode installation in some languages
    nofirewire      Do not load support for firewire devices
    askmethod       Do not automatically use the CD-ROM as the install
                    source if we detect a Red Hat Linux CD in your CD-ROM drive.
    nousbstorage    Do not load usbstorage module in loader.  May help with
                    device ordering on SCSI systems.
    noparport       Do not attempt to load support for parallel ports
    noprobe         Do not attempt to detect hw, prompts user instead.
    nopcmcia        Ignore PCMCIA controller in system.
    skipddc         Skips DDC probe of monitor, may help if its handing system.
    graphical       Force graphical install. Required to have ftp/http use GUI.
    text            Force text mode install.
    vnc             Enable vnc-based installation. You will need to connect
                    to the machine using a vnc client application.
    vncpassword=<password>  Enable a password for the vnc connection. This will
                    prevent someone from inadvertantly connecting to the
                    vnc-based installation.
                    Requires 'vnc' option to be specified as well.
    vncconnect=<host>[:<port>]   Once installation is up and running, connect to
                    the vnc client named <host>, and optionally use port <port>.
                    Requires 'vnc' option to be specified as well.
    updates         Prompt for floppy containing updates (bug fixes).
    isa             Prompt user for ISA devices configuration.
    dd              Use a driver disk.
    driverdisk      Same as 'dd'.
    mediacheck      Activates loader code to give user option of testing integrity
                    of install source (if an ISO-based method).
    rescue          Run rescue environment.
    nomount         Don't automatically mount any installed Linux partitions
                    in rescue mode.
    nopass          Don't pass keyboard/mouse info to stage 2 installer, good for
                    testing keyboard and mouse config screens in stage2 installer
                    during network installs.
    serial          Turns on serial console support.
    ksdevice        Takes an argument like 'eth0', tells install what network
                    device to use for kickstart from network.
    ks              Kickstart over NFS.
    ks=cdrom:       Kickstart from CDROM
    ks=nfs:<path>   Kickstart from NFS.
    ks=<url>        Kickstart via HTTP.
    ks=hd:<dev>     Kickstart via harddrive (dev = 'hda1', for example)
    ks=file:<path>  Kickstart from a file (path = 'fd0/ks.cfg')
    ks=ftp://<path> Kickstart from FTP.
    ks=http://<path> Kickstart from HTTP.
    kssendmac       Adds HTTP headers to ks=http:// request that can be helpful
                    for provisioning systems.  Includes MAC address of all nics in
                    a CGI environment variable of the form
                    HTTP_X_RHN_PROVISIONING_0, HTTP_X_RHN_PROVISIONING_1, etc, for
                    all nics.
    dhcpclass=<class> Sends a custom DHCP vendor class identifier. ISC's dhcpcd can
                    inspect this value using "option vendor-class-identifier".
    upgradeany      Don't require an /etc/redhat-release that matches the
                    expected syntax to upgrade.
    lang=<lang>     Language to use for the installation.  This should be a
                    language which is valid to be used with the 'lang' kickstart
    keymap=<keymap> Keyboard layout to use.  Valid values are those which can be
                    used for the 'keyboard' kickstart command.
    ip=<ip>         IP to use for a network installation, use 'dhcp' for DHCP.
    netmask=<nm>    Netmask to use for a network installation.
    gateway=<gw>    Gateway to use for a network installation.
    dns=<dns>       Comma separated list of nameservers to use for a network
    method=nfs:<path> Use <path> for an NFS installation.
    method=http://<path> Use <path> for an HTTP installation
    method=ftp://<path> Use <path> for an FTP installation
    method=hd://<dev>/<path> Use <path> on <dev> for a hard drive installation
    method=cdrom    Do a CDROM based installation.
    vnc             Do graphical installation via VNC.  Instead of
                    starting a normal X server, vncserver will be started
                    and you can then connect remotely to do the
    vncpassword=<password>  Set a password for the vnc session.
    vncconnect=<host>[:<port>]   Once installation is up and running, connect to
                    the vnc client named <host>, and optionally, on port <port>.
                     Requires 'vnc' option to be specified as well.
    Below is a list of undocumented commands that I found contained in the anaconda source:
    debug           Start up pdb immediately
    nofallback      If GUI fails exit
    rootpath=       Where to install packages (default /mnt/sysimage)
    pcic=           Specify pcmcia controller
    overhead=       Override LVM overhead calculation
    traceonly       Don't run, just list modules we use
    kickstart=      Set serial install and kickstart file
    kbdtype=        Set the type of keyboard
    module=         Load additional kernel modules
    class=          Choose install class to use
    autostep        Make kickstart non-interactive
    noselinux       Disable Security Enhanced Linux
    selinux         Enable Security Enhanced Linux
    cmdline         Use command line installer
    headless        Automate install for machines with no display
    xfs             Allows the creation of a xfs filesystem
    reiserfs        Allows the creation of a reiserfs filesystem
    jfs             Allows the creation of a jfs filesystem
    Last edited by Dog-One; 8th November 2004 at 04:58 AM. Reason: Addition of Undocumented Boot Options
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  2. #2
    ghaefb Guest
    Great info, thanks.

    What about the other options like: selinux=0, reiserfs, xfs,..
    You should add them too.

  3. #3
    zAo Guest
    What about kernel versions like "linux24", do they still work with FC3?

    Nice list btw, thanks

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    ridvan Guest

    nice document

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    Chris Cogdon Guest
    Thanks! I never knew Install-Via-FTP was available in Fedora Now... because there's no 'boot-only CD', it always wanted to continue with a full CD installation.

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    alphaproject Guest
    wow! i never knew there were so many options

    thanks for the list

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    herwin Guest
    is it possible to use multiple options?
    I need to install FC3 onto USB hdd, which means need in 'linux expert' mode;
    and also need the run the anaconda updates, which means 'linux updates' mode.

    any idea how?

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    Lance_commandor Guest

    Well First off Im an new user to the Linux world,and I would like to ask some questions about If anyone have had any luck using an "NTFS" partition In "FEDORA CORE 3"? Now the second question would be has anyone had any luck with the Audigy 2 ZS card running In Linux....AT ALL!!! LOL

    Thank You

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    prashant Guest

    Mounting NTFS

    yes i had even the same luck for the NTFS partiotion they never used to maount in fedora core 3 but there are rpms for the mounting NTFS partitions in linux bcoz the linux kernel in built do not give the support for the NTFS partiotions so u wil have to down load the rpm for ur kernel version :
    Just check the kernel version with the command :- #uname -r
    and then simply download the appropriate rpm for mounting ur NTFS partition.
    I did it from the following url:
    try it out

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    Lance_commandor Guest
    Alrighty cool Thanks alot Im finding out more,and more In this site...Thanks again...Umm I have another question anyone had alot of luck using an WineX for gaming using Direct X games?

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    I am getting ready to find out. I am going to try and install BF1942 tonight and see what happens!

    Has anyone got this running on FC3 yet?

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    wapgeek Guest


    if i download fc4 test release do i need to download again final release? or will i able to update?
    Quote Originally Posted by Dog-One
    I would highly recommend it, simply because there has been at least 600+ MBs of updates to FC4T3 since it's release. Plus, if you ever want to install FC4 to another machine, you'll want those new ISOs handy.
    Last edited by Dog-One; 28th May 2005 at 05:31 AM.

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    mukultripathi Guest
    yaa no doubt it was a nice list of commands and will suly help the newbies as well as be a quick reference for the Advanced users... coz some times even i tend to confuse with the spellings

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    wangandzy Guest
    well done!

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    thanks... what if you're using PPPoE... are there any options for that?

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