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       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.
              (requires -floppy)

       -floppy DEVICE
              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)

       -out-file FILE
              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
              management boards).

       -kernel PATH
              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
              autoinstall kernel.

       -flavor FLAVOR
              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.

       -initrd PATH
              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.

       -append STRING
              This option allows  you  to  pass  options  to  the  autoinstall
              kernel.   For  example,  to  tell the kernel to use ttyS3 as the
              serial console:

              -append "console=ttyS3"

       -config FILE
              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/
              or  .ssh/   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  <<>>  for  the
       Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

                               11 November 2004       MKAUTOINSTALLDISKETTE(8)