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Build Your Own Fedora Re-spin

Aug 05, 2008, 18:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by M. Saunders)

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"Kickstart is Fedora's way of replicating installation information. After installing the distro, it writes details to /root/anaconda-ks.cfg. (Anaconda is the Fedora installer, named so because it's written in Python. Groan!) You can tell Revisor to use this file, or a kickstart file saved from a different system. Setting it to boot with kickstart means the install disc will go straight into installing a replica of the kickstart. Anaconda will not remove hard disk partitions, so if you want to use this information from the kickstart file, make sure you have cleared the disk before installing on each computer.

"There is an option here to customise the package manifest for kickstart. Use this if you want to add or exclude packages from the standard selection, but bear in mind it will be based on the selection you made during the initial installation that generated the kickstart file. Using the package manifest for the kickstart file means the DVD will be built with only the packages you need to install, reducing both the time and space needed.""

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