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Chapter 13. Kickstart Installations

13.1. What are Kickstart Installations?
13.2. How Do You Perform a Kickstart Installation?
13.3. Creating the Kickstart File
13.4. Kickstart Options
13.4.1. Advanced Partitioning Example
13.5. Package Selection
13.6. Pre-installation Script
13.6.1. Example
13.7. Post-installation Script
13.7.1. Examples
13.8. Making the Kickstart File Available
13.8.1. Creating Kickstart Boot Media
13.8.2. Making the Kickstart File Available on the Network
13.9. Making the Installation Tree Available
13.10. Starting a Kickstart Installation

13.1. What are Kickstart Installations?

Many system administrators would prefer to use an automated installation method to install Fedora on their machines. To answer this need, Red Hat created the kickstart installation method. Using kickstart, a system administrator can create a single file containing the answers to all the questions that would normally be asked during a typical installation.
Kickstart files can be kept on a single server system and read by individual computers during the installation. This installation method can support the use of a single kickstart file to install Fedora on multiple machines, making it ideal for network and system administrators.
Kickstart provides a way for users to automate a Fedora installation.
All kickstart scriptlets and the log files of their execution are stored in the /tmp directory to assist with debugging installation failures.