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Bug 5589 - 6.1 kickstart doesn't look at BOOTP/DHCP next-server
Summary: 6.1 kickstart doesn't look at BOOTP/DHCP next-server
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer
Version: 6.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Erik Troan
QA Contact:
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Reported: 1999-10-05 16:00 UTC by ilh
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2000-02-03 15:51:07 UTC

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Description ilh 1999-10-05 16:00:11 UTC
I have been successfully using kickstart with 5.2 and 6.0.
On my BOOTP/DHCP server, I specify next-server and a
kickstart filename on that server.  Note that next-server is
different from the BOOTP/DHCP server.

In 6.1, the installer doesn't seem to pay attention to
next-server, but instead tries to NFS mount the kickstart
config file from the BOOTP/DHCP server.  Of course this

Is this intentional?  Is there a workaround?

As it stands, it looks like I'll have to put the kickstart
config on the floppy, and I'd rather not do this if I can
help it.

Comment 1 ilh 1999-10-05 16:34:59 UTC
It appears to me the change to pump caused the problem.  It appears
that pump ignores the next-server specification.  Ugh.

Comment 2 ilh 1999-10-05 16:42:59 UTC
It appears to me the change to pump caused the problem.  It appears
that pump ignores the next-server specification.  Ugh.

------- Additional Comments From   10/18/99 10:57 -------
I see this on my end as well.  Very frustrating.

Comment 3 Jay Turner 1999-10-20 19:11:59 UTC
This issue has been forwarded to a developer for further action.

Comment 4 Jay Turner 1999-10-22 14:05:59 UTC
*** Bug 6202 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

When attempting a kickstart/DHCP/NFS install, the installer
attempts to mount the DHCP server instead of the machine
defined by the next-server in the dhcpd.conf:

The following dhcpd.conf stanza worked w/ RH6.0, but now
fails with the message "failed to mount" on the Alt+F3 console:

 group {
        filename "/root/kickstart/wyrd.node";

        host forte2 {
                hardware ethernet 00:a0:cc:56:1c:4a;
    } is the IP address of the dhcpd server.

------- Additional Comments From   10/31/99 22:11 -------

Adding the non-obvious

  option dhcp-server-identifier;

to your ISC dhcpd.conf will enable you to kickstart (at least it seams

Love <>

Comment 5 Karl Burkett 2000-01-18 19:13:59 UTC
Just discovered this problem myself.  I'll be trying to NFS mount the directory
that contains all of the config files back to the DHCP server.  Ugly - with out
a doubt - but if I keep the paths the same it won't break when RH gets the
next-server call functioning at some point.

Comment 6 Karl Burkett 2000-01-18 20:23:59 UTC
Well that was a dumb idea - can't share and nfs mounted file system.  Back to
the drawing board again.

Comment 7 panu.matilainen 2000-01-25 13:17:59 UTC
Just noticed that this is fixed in the Rawhide bootnet.img.

Comment 8 Erik Troan 2000-02-03 15:51:59 UTC
This is fixed for the next release (and current rawhide)

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