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Re: [suse-autoinstall] Control file not found on hd->hd autoinstall...
  • From: Dustin Kirkland <k1rkland@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 16:56:47 +0000 (UTC)
  • Message-id: <1079456202.11882.19.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Make a backup copy of your current working initrd.
- Append a .gz to its name and gunzip it
- Mount it loopback (-o loop)
- Copy your control file(s) into the mounted initrd directory
- Unmount it, gzip it back, and move it back to its original name
- Overwrite your existing initrd with this one

When your ramdisk is initialized, your control file will be in that
filesystem and linuxrc will operate on it. Note that you might need an
installation kernel off of the install media as well.

This process is working like a champ for me.


On Tue, 2004-03-16 at 10:05, Johnny Ernst Nielsen wrote:
> Good day,
> I am trying to get SuSE 9.0 Pro to autoinstall from harddisk to
> harddisk without using anything but the harddisk itself.
> What do I need to do to get autoyast to see the control file?
> This is my setup:
> 1 harddisk, partitioned like this:
> hda1: ext3, /boot (production system)
> hda2: ext3, for test system to mount as /boot
> hda3: swap
> hda4: extended
> hda5: ext3, / (production system)
> hda6: ext3, for test system to mount as /
> hda7: ext2, contains copies of install CDs in directories CD1-CD5
> On the production system partitions I have a GRUB entry to start
> installation from harddisk:
> title Installer test-Linux fra harddisk
> kernel (hd0,6)/CD1/boot/loader/linux ramdisk_size=655536
> splash=silent instmode=hd partition=hda7 serverdir=/CD1
> autoyast=device://hda7/autoinst.xml
> initrd (hd0,6)/CD1/boot/loader/initrd
> I have created a control file, autoinst.xml, for autoyast and put it
> in the directory CD1 on hda7.
> When I boot the system and select the install entry in the GRUB boot
> menu, installation starts and autoyast autodetects some devices.
> But when autoyast tries to copy the control file it can not find the
> file and asks for a device and a file name. I can not get past that
> point.
> I have noticed that during the attempt to copy the control file
> autoyast writes:
> "Copying control file from device:/dev//autoinst.xml", leaving out the
> device. However, using the dialog box to enter the device and the
> file name does not help.
> The control file works fine when put on floppy.
> The installation from harddisk works fine if I leave out the autoyast
> variable at the GRUB boot prompt, although then I have to make all
> the selections manually.
> I have read the documentation that comes with the distro.
> I have searched the list archive.
> I have googled.
> No luck.
> Sorry if I missed the solution somewhere.
> What do I need to do to get autoyast to see the control file?
> Best regards :o)
> Johnny :o)
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