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How to create a customize dvd of fedora 8 as a bootable kickstart
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    Exclamation How to create a customize dvd of fedora 8 as a bootable kickstart

    hello guys

    hi guys
    I want to end up with a bootable DVD that will automagically start the kickstart script and perform an unattended install. I have read a few things that say that ks.cfg must be in the root of the image. I've read other things that say that isolinux/ is really the root, and so the ks.cfg must be there. Neither work. In my isolinux.cfg, I have:

    label ks
    kernel vmlinuz
    append ks=cdrom:/ks.cfg initrd=initrd.img ramdisk_size=8192

    ks.cfg is in isolinux/ as well as the top-level directory. What am I missing? How do I get the booted OS to read and use ks.cfg?

    also i had added "default ks" in isolinux.cfg file
    i had used the following command to make the isoimage of ks.cfg i had placed my dump of fedora8 in /bkup/dump3
    "mkisofs -o ../cdrom.iso -A 'ISOLINUX' -V 'ISOLINUX' -b isolinux.bin -c boot.cat -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table ."

    also the .treeinfo and .diskinfo both hidden files are present.
    then i created the isoimage of my dump with the command
    "mkisofs -o /fedora.iso -b isolinux/isolinux.bin -c isolinux/boot.cat -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table /bkup/dump3."
    then i burned the iso image "fedora.iso" to a dvd with the help of k3b
    the dvd is bootable but at boot time when prompt comes i gave the command "linux ks=cdrom:/ks.cfg"

    but its giving me the error
    RAMDISK: compressed image found at block 0
    crc error
    VFS:cannot open root device "<null>" or unknown-block (253,0)
    please appened a coorect "root=" boot option; here are the available partitions:
    kernel panic - not syncing:VFS:unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(253,0).

    also my directory tree is as follows
    drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 4096 2008-09-24 19:24 .
    drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 2008-09-24 19:02 ..
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 9627648 2008-09-24 19:24 cdrom.iso
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 109 2007-11-02 20:29 .discinfo
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2882 2007-11-02 20:26 fedora.css
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 18363 2007-11-02 20:26 GPL
    drwxrwxr-x 4 root root 4096 2007-11-02 20:26 images
    drwxrwxr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-09-24 19:23 isolinux
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 94 2007-11-02 20:29 media.repo
    drwxrwxr-x 2 root root 122880 2007-11-02 19:51 Packages
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 9680 2007-11-02 20:26 README-BURNING-ISOS-en_US.txt
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 172530 2007-11-02 20:26 RELEASE-NOTES-en_US.html
    drwxrwxr-x 2 root root 4096 2007-11-02 20:29 repodata
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 73728 2007-11-02 19:55 repoview
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1910 2007-11-02 20:26 RPM-GPG-KEY
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1706 2007-11-02 20:26 RPM-GPG-KEY-beta
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1519 2007-11-02 20:26 RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1105 2007-11-02 20:26 RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-rawhide
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1076 2007-11-02 20:26 RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-test
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1232 2007-11-02 20:26 RPM-GPG-KEY-rawhide
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2007-11-02 20:26 stylesheet-images
    -r--r--r-- 1 root root 4290 2007-11-02 20:29 TRANS.TBL
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 430 2007-11-02 20:26 .treeinfo

    CD ISOLINUX
    drwxrwxr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-09-24 19:23 .
    drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 4096 2008-09-24 19:24 ..
    -r--r--r-- 1 root root 2048 2007-11-02 20:29 boot.cat
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 292 2007-11-02 20:24 boot.msg
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 919 2007-11-02 20:24 general.msg
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 6587351 2007-11-02 20:24 initrd.img
    -r--r--r-- 1 root root 10932 2008-09-24 19:25 isolinux.bin
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1057 2008-09-24 19:23 isolinux.cfg
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1389 2008-09-24 19:14 ks.cfg
    -r--r--r-- 1 root root 103260 2007-11-02 20:24 memtest
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 817 2007-11-02 20:24 options.msg
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 517 2007-11-02 20:24 param.msg
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 490 2007-11-02 20:24 rescue.msg
    -r--r--r-- 1 root root 446917 2007-11-02 20:24 splash.jpg
    -r--r--r-- 1 root root 117568 2007-11-02 20:24 vesamenu.c32
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1978624 2007-11-02 20:24 vmlinuz

    VI ISOLINUX.CFG
    default ks
    prompt 1
    timeout 600

    display boot.msg
    F1 boot.msg
    F2 options.msg
    F3 general.msg
    F4 param.msg
    F5 rescue.msg

    menu background splash.jpg
    menu title Welcome to Fedora 8!
    menu color border 0 #ffffffff #00000000
    menu color sel 7 #ffffffff #ff000000
    menu color title 0 #ffffffff #00000000
    menu color tabmsg 0 #ffffffff #00000000
    menu color unsel 0 #ffffffff #00000000
    menu color hotsel 0 #ff000000 #ffffffff
    menu color hotkey 7 #ffffffff #ff000000

    label linux
    menu label ^Install or upgrade an existing system
    menu default
    kernel vmlinuz
    append initrd=initrd.img
    label text
    menu label Install or upgrade an existing system (^text mode)
    kernel vmlinuz
    append initrd=initrd.img text
    label rescue
    menu label ^Rescue installed system
    kernel vmlinuz
    append initrd=initrd.img rescue
    label local
    menu label Boot from ^local drive
    localboot 0xffff
    label memtest86
    menu label ^Memory test
    kernel memtest
    append -
    label ks
    menu label ^Install from kickstart
    kernel vmlinuz
    append initrd=initrd.img ks=cdrom:/isolinux/ks.cfg


    PLZZZZZZ GUYS HELP ME correcting this error.

    Ashish khatri

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    What about doing a respin with revisor?

    Link to howto

    nevermind, I actually read your post and saw the unattended part. The RH tool that I used in the past to create the ks file took care of that for me. But I may have done it differently -- I was using a floppy and doing a network install.
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    Have you followed the following howto:

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    yes i followed the link to how to but hard luck no success.

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