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Now that you have some background information on kickstart installations, let's take a look at the kickstart file itself. The kickstart file is a simple text file, containing a list of items, each identified by a keyword. You can create it by editing a copy of the sample.ks file found in the RH-DOCS directory of the Red Hat Linux Documentation CD-ROM, or you can create it from scratch. You should be able to edit it with any text editor or word processor that can save files as ASCII text.
First, be aware of the following issues when you are creating your kickstart file:
Items must be specified in order. That order is:
<command section> <any combination of %pre, %post, %packages> <installclass>
Items that aren't required can be omitted.
Omitting any required item will result in the installation program prompting the user for an answer to the related item, just as the user would be prompted during a typical installation. Once the answer is given, the installation will continue unattended (unless it finds another missing item).
Lines starting with a pound sign ("#") are treated as comments, and are ignored.
For kickstart upgrades, the following items are required:
Device specification (if device is needed to perform installation)
The upgrade keyword
If any other items are specified for an upgrade, those items will be ignored (note that this includes package selection).
Kickstart files are split into three sections: commands, package list, and scripts. The file must be of the form:
The order matters; it can't be random. The post section goes to the end of the file and ends the file. No mark is necessary to end the file other than the post section itself.