[CentOS] interactive %pre in kickstart?

Florin Andrei florin at andrei.myip.org
Wed Mar 21 01:18:58 UTC 2007


Here's what I'm currently doing in ks.cfg:

%pre
#!/bin/sh
echo -n "Please enter blah: "
read blah
echo $blah > /tmp/ks-blah

I know that "read blah" works fine, because after that I see the 
variable in the /tmp file.

The problem is, echo doesn't seem to work at this stage. This pretty 
much kills the idea of an interactive %pre script.
I was thinking to collect in %pre the information that is different from 
one system to another (and cannot be deduced automatically by 
kickstart), then the user can walk away and the system is installed and 
configured completely by kickstart.

If %pre cannot be made interactive, then I'll have to move the 
customization after reboot, which is less than ideal.

P.S.: I guess I could automatically generate a whole lot of ks.cfg files 
  on the kickstart server, and just tell the user to point the installer 
to the appropriate ks.cfg, instead of entering some info manually at the 
%pre stage.
But somehow generating hundreds of ks.cfg files seems very ugly. I'd 
rather keep that algorithm in one single ks.cfg and let the user enter a 
couple things in the %pre stage.

-- 
Florin Andrei

http://florin.myip.org/



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