[arch-releng] Archlinux automated via PXE

Nico Schottelius nico-archlinux-releng at schottelius.org
Sat Apr 2 04:19:57 EDT 2011

Hey Dieter,

Dieter Plaetinck [Sat, Apr 02, 2011 at 09:43:31AM +0200]:
> On Sat, 2 Apr 2011 01:54:12 +0200
> Nico Schottelius <nico-archlinux-releng at schottelius.org> wrote:
> > Simo Leone [Fri, Apr 01, 2011 at 04:40:21PM -0700]:
> > > I added a few things to make serial console work over PXE/IPMI recently...
> > > so at least you can do manual installs that way.
> > 
> > That's probably another good step into the right direction!
> > 
> > What about logging to a remote tcp/udp port and/or syslog support?
> > 
> > In the end, the killer for using an OS in a large infrastructure
> > is automated installations though, not only logging :-)
> > 
> > Cheers,
> > 
> > Nico
> You should be able to do what you want with:
> https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Archiso_as_pxe_server
> and recent images from http://releng.archlinux.org/isos/
> where you can pass a script argument to the kernel which will execute any script (like say.. an aif automatic installation)

That's right, but it's pretty cumbersome to retrieve a whole iso image
to do that job.

Besides that, in a large infrastructure dhcp/dns is usually already
existing and thus the script does way too much.

Indeed, if you'd added the copy_files() part into the release process,
people who want to have the pxe installation method could just grep
the 4 needed files and would be happy.

That's what other Unices do and in my opinion should be simple to
implement once at Archlinux and then have nobody care about it



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