Provided by: systemimager-server_3.2.3-3_all
mkautoinstalldiskette - creates a bootable floppy for autoinstalling
mkautoinstalldiskette [ -help ] [ -version ] [ -quiet ] [ -floppy
DEVICE ] [ -out-file PATH ] [ -flavor FLAVOR ] [ -kernel PATH ] [
-initrd PATH ] [ -append STRING ] [ -config PATH ] [ -ssh-key PATH ]
This manual page documents briefly the mkautoinstalldiskette command.
mkautoinstalldiskette creates a floppy disk which can be used to boot
an autoinstall client and initiate an autoinstall.
A summary of options is included below.
-help Show summary of options
Display version and copyright information.
-quiet Don’t print any output, just provide an appropriate exit code.
The 1.44MB floppy drive device containing the disk to format.
If not specified, /dev/fd0 is assumed. This command understands
"/dev/fd0" through "/dev/fd7". (if you specify -floppy, this
command will run non-interactively)
Create a 1.44MB floppy image in FILE. dd can be used to write
this image to a floppy later. This is useful for some systems
that allow you to boot nodes using a "virtual floppy" file that
is retrieved via TFTP (some PXE loaders and some remote
Specify an alternate kernel to use. This is useful if you have
clients that have network cards or disk controllers that are not
supported by the default kernel provided by SystemImager. See
the SystemImager manual for instructions on creating a custom
The flavor of the boot package to use. If this option is not
specified, you will be asked to choose a flavor from the
available list interactively.
Specify an alternate initial ramdisk to use. This is rarely
useful, but may be necessary in some cases (e.g. needing to add
more special files in /dev). See the SystemImager manual for
instructions on creating a custom initial ramdisk.
This option allows you to pass options to the autoinstall
kernel. For example, to tell the kernel to use ttyS3 as the
Where FILE contains all the settings necessary for the client to
set it’s hostname and configure it’s networking information
without DHCP. This file is copied to /local.cfg on the
Where FILE is the SSH2 id_dsa or id_rsa private key of the user
account that the autoinstall client will use to connect to the
imageserver. It is usually found in the user’s .ssh directory.
To use this private key, you must also add the corresponding
public key to this user’s .ssh/authorized_keys file on the
imageserver. The public key is usually called .ssh/id_rsa.pub
or .ssh/id_dsa.pub. The .ssh/authorized_keys must be readable
only by this user. (chmod 600 .ssh/authorized_keys)
More details can be found in the SystemImager manual.
This manual page was compiled by dann <<email@example.com>> for the
Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).
11 November 2004 MKAUTOINSTALLDISKETTE(8)