Build Your Own Fedora Re-spin
Aug 05, 2008, 18:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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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.""