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Chapter 15. Kickstart Installations

15.1. What are Kickstart Installations?
15.2. How Do You Perform a Kickstart Installation?
15.3. Creating the Kickstart File
15.4. Kickstart Options
15.4.1. Advanced Partitioning Example
15.5. Package Selection
15.6. Pre-installation Script
15.6.1. Example
15.7. Post-installation Script
15.7.1. Example
15.8. Making the Kickstart File Available
15.8.1. Creating Kickstart Boot Media
15.8.2. Making the Kickstart File Available on the Network
15.9. Making the Installation Tree Available
15.10. Starting a Kickstart Installation

15.1. 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.

Note — /tmp/netinfo no longer used

Anaconda now configures network interfaces with NetworkManager. Consequently, kickstart users that referenced the network settings located in /tmp/netinfo in previous versions of Fedora must now source the ifcfg files in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts.