On 07/22/2011 07:01 PM, Kartik Subbarao wrote: > On 07/21/2011 09:51 AM, Manuel Wolfshant wrote: > >> http://wiki.centos.org/TipsAndTricks/KickStart > >> > >> Does anyone on this list have write access to that Wiki page? Since it's > >> the #1 google search result for "centos kickstart", it'd be ideal to > >> have it linked from there. > > Enjoy. > > Thanks Manuel, I'm sure this will be of help to many folks!! > > One suggestion -- when I deployed the ks-minimalC6.cfg, there were still > some -firmware packages that got installed and were not removed by the > kickstart process. I noticed that you explicitly remove various firmware > packages by name with the '-' notation. Another approach would be to > remove them all programmatically in a %post section, like this: > > %post > rpm -e $(rpm -qa | grep -i \\-firmware | grep -v kernel-firmware) > > That way, you don't have to specify each one by hand, and have to keep > track of them if a new one shows up in a future release. It also makes > the kickstart file smaller. It's unlikely that an RPM that matches > "-firmware" is going to be relevant to a VM, so it seems like a fairly > safe approach. Just a suggestion. The kickstart is intended to create images which can also run on real iron, including those with "real" storage ( brocade, qlogic etc ). Therefore the firmware is left there on purpose. As of removing the firmware in %post: yes, it is one way to do it. But I find it awkward to install something just to remove it seconds later. As of ks file size: who cares ? You create it once and use it as many times as needed. An extra dozen or hundreds of bytes / couple of lines are not significant in this context And last but not least: You can always tweak the ks to fit your specific needs. This one is meant for an _almost_ minimal but yet general context. If you really want to go "minimal" there are at least other 5 packages that can be removed ( but this will, of course, remove some of the functionality , such as processing delta updates or selinux ). If you want to go this road, even yum itself can be removed.