[CentOS] Attempting custom CentOS4 network install

Sean O'Connell oconnell at soe.ucsd.edu
Wed Jun 1 16:13:11 UTC 2005

On Wed, 2005-06-01 at 11:59 -0400, Ajay wrote:
> Hi
> I am installing CentOS4 over ether network using http and kickstart. I boot from
> the first CentOS CD and at "boot:" prompt I input
> "ks=http://localserver/install/custom.cfg". Except for minor glitches like
> "Kernel-Development group not found" warning, the process is smooth and is
> almost completely automated.
> Now, I want to add additional RPMS to the CentOS/RPMS directory to install
> additional packages in the default install. In preparation, I was regenerating
> the hdlist using "genhdlist" even before adding the extra RPMS, just to
> checkout.
> A new hdlist and hdlist2 is sucessfully regenerated in CentOS/base dir with a
> small reduction in file size of hdlist, but the network install fails at the
> end of "Preparing RPM transaction" screen with the message "install exited
> abnormally" and shuts down.
> Am I missing something?


It would be far simpler to setup a yum repository for the additional
packages, create a custom yum.conf (or repo file for the repo), and then
install that yum.conf or repo file in %post and then follow that up with

yum -t -y install foo bar baz

Sean O'Connell
Office of Engineering Computing         oconnell at soe.ucsd.edu
Jacobs School of Engineering, UCSD      858.534.9716 (49716)

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