[CentOS] Customising a CentOS 6.6 installation disk

Thu Jan 8 19:46:22 UTC 2015
Paul <pkperro at sbcglobal.net>

I'm looking for an image for CentOS v7 to download.... Any suggestion on a suitable website?

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> On Jan 8, 2015, at 1:30 PM, Greg Bailey <gbailey at lxpro.com> wrote:
>> On 01/08/2015 11:18 AM, James Bishop wrote:
>> I apologise if this is not the appropriate list for the following issue, but...
>> Is it possible to upgrade the Linux kernel on a kickstart CD?
>> I've changed the vmlinuz and initrd.img files in the isolinux directory from the distro's ISO image; so kernel 2.6.32-504.3.3.el6.i686 now boots from a DVD, and loads the appropriate modules and firmware from the stage 1 initrd.img.
>> However, anaconda (13.21.229) exits abnormally with a DBusException (org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NoReply); possibly because NetworkManager is unable to launch the wpa_supplicant.
>> Anaconda appears to be choking during initialisation:
>>    anaconda.id = instClass.installDataClass(anaconda, extraModules, opts.display_mode, anaconda.backend)
>>  File "/usr/lib/anaconda/instdata.py", line 324, in __init__
>>    self.reset()
>>  File "/usr/lib/anaconda/instdata.py", line 64, in reset
>>    self.network = network.Network()
>>  File "/usr/lib/anaconda/network.py", line 308, in __init__
>>    self.update()
>>  File "/usr/lib/anaconda/network.py", line 326, in update
>>    devhash = isys.getDeviceProperties(dev=none)
>>  File "/usr/lib/anaconda/isys.py", line 375, in getDeviceProperties
>>    bus = dbus.SystemBus()
>>  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/dbus/_dbus.py", line 202, in __new__
>>    private=private()
>>  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/dbus/_dbus.py", line 108, in __new__
>>    bus = BusConnection.__new__(subclass, bus_type, mainloop=mainloop)
>>  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/dbus/bus.py", line 125, in __new__
>>    bus = cls._new_for_bus(address_or_type, mainloop=mainloop)
>> dbus.exceptions.DBusException: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NoReply: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.
>> install exited abnormally [1/1]
>> The system will be rebooted when you press Ctrl-C or Ctrl-Alt-Delete.
>> The shell prompt is available on tty2; and so I can see the syslog, which has repeated messages at its tail end:
>> INFO NetworkManager: <info> Trying to start the supplicant
>> So, something needs to be changed somewhere (kernel recompilation? missing module? wpa_supplicant / NM upgrade? stage 2 install.img?) which is where I'm stuck. Do I need to hack Wifi NIC related lines out of anaconda?
>> The reason that I'd like the final kernel version to be running during the install, is that it's needed to compile the low-level driver for a FIPS-140 crypto coprocessor. The target system will be an off-line certification authority system, and will certainly not need Wifi (in fact the hardening procedure foresees removal of most network hardware drivers).
>> I know I could do everything in three stages (initial install - software upgrade - crypto driver install); but being able to do everything in one go would simplify business continuity / bare metal recovery.
>> In the meantime, I'm very happy to have learned something about anaconda / kickstart and so on, which will be very useful in future.
>> If there's a quick fix to the above issues, I'd be happy to hear it.
>> Thanks in advance
>> James Bishop
> Sounds like the "Rolling media" announced in:
> http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2014-December/020807.html
> could be useful to you, although judging by the kernel version you mentioned, it looks like you're looking for CentOS 6 updates. Unfortunately, it appears the rolling media is only available for CentOS 7 at the moment.
> Did you update modules.dep and modules.alias in the stage1 image?
> -Greg
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