[CentOS] Need to rebuild installation CD

Chadley Wilson chadley at pinteq.co.za
Fri Jun 19 10:32:37 UTC 2009

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chadley Wilson
> Sent: 19 June 2009 12:28 PM
> To: CentOS mailing list
> Subject: RE: [CentOS] Need to rebuild installation CD
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On
> > Behalf Of Karanbir Singh
> > Sent: 19 June 2009 11:32 AM
> > To: CentOS mailing list
> > Subject: Re: [CentOS] Need to rebuild installation CD
> >
> > On 06/19/2009 08:33 AM, Chadley Wilson wrote:
> > > The problem we have is that the CD does not support our CDROM (it8213).
> > I have managed to compile the driver from the sources, and I have a boot
> > stiffy. So I have managed to load the server, the problem is that we need
> > to load about 10 of these server every week and the Linux guru (me) is
> not
> > always able to drop his work and load servers.
> > > I need to implement the driver on the installation CD so that the
> > kickstart file is read and run
> > >
> > > Is there a way to hack around this problem?
> >
> > yes, dont bother with all this stuff - just setup a network boot
> > environment with something like cobbler ( http://cobbler.et.redhat.com/
> > ) and you are off. If you need cdrom support post-install, you can
> > always use a %post stanza in your kickstart to get it into place.
> >
> > You will find its a lot easier to also import multiple distro's /
> > versions's and share kickstarts, edit them - And remember, http installs
> > are the fastest installs if you server is on the same lan.
> >
> > The _only_ time you ever need to really fiddle with the install media is
> > when your network card drivers need tweaking :)
> >
> > - KB
> [CW] Hi Karanbir, thanks for the input I just ran this past my HOD, the
> solution is good for us to load the servers in house and we are now
> planning to this, but it does not work for providing the customer with a
> CD... :( So it looks like I am in for the long haul. Good news is that I
> have started but am a bit stuck.
> I found this post in my searching, it's about what I was after :)
> http://www.centos.org/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=17988&forum=37&p
> ost_id=65458#forumpost65458
> but I can't get the last step to work... that would be coping the
> initrd.img back to a ro fs?
> So how Robert got it working is beyond me. (anyone have any ideas for me?)
> I did mod his command from
> sudo mount -o loop ....
> to
> sudo mount -o loop -rw
> but still the fs is rw :(
> Having followed the above, I am sure I will get through Roberts post and
> work it out, but then I don't know the next step and need assistance in the
> step to rebuild the boot.iso and then the CD itself. I would assume that I
> would be using makeisofs. If anyone can help me with some docs or links on
> this I would appreciate it.
> Thanks
> Chadley
[CW] My Apologies, I forgot to mention that I am not disassembling the diskboot.img for the USB drive, but rather boot.iso which I  assumed is the iso that is loaded as a ram disc when you boot from the cd.

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