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       make-fai-nfsroot - create the FAI nfsroot directory


       make-fai-nfsroot [options]


       Create  the  FAI  nfsroot  directory  as  pointed  by  $NFSROOT  in the config_file.  This
       directory is necessary for the installation of Debian on  remote  clients  using  the  FAI
       package. The config_file location is discussed in the OPTIONS below.

       The  exit  code  returned  is  0  if  all  commands  to  build  the  root directory exited
       successfully and >0 if an error occurs.


       -B BASETGZ
              Use specified BASETGZ file  as  base.tgz  for  the  nfsroot.  This  avoids  calling
              debootstrap and therefore reduces the buildtime for the nfsroot.

       -C CFDIR
              Use  CFDIR  as  configuration  directory. Default is /etc/fai. You can also set the
              environment variable FAI_ETC_DIR.

       -f config_file
              Not supported any more. Use option -C instead.

       -K     Remove all kernels from NFSROOT.  This  is  the  same  as  calling  aptitude  purge
              ~nlinux-image inside the nfsroot.

       -k     Install  additional  packages  defined  in  /etc/fai/NFSROOT into the nfsroot. Also
              copies all kernels from the nfsroot to the directory $TFTPROOT.

       -p     Preserve ssh keys. This will preserve the whole .ssh directory of the root  account
              inside the nfsroot.

       -U     Do not divert update-initramfs during build of the nfsroot. This will slow down the
              creation process a bit. Use it in case of missing initrd inside the nfsroot or when
              Ubuntu fails if the diversion exists.

       -v     Create verbose output on stdout.

       -h     Show simple help.

       -r     Attempt to recover a previously failed run of this command.


       If  you  do  not  use  NFS, you may still use the NFSROOT directory as a staging point for
       building the base installation tarball.


       CAUTION!  This is an advanced feature.  You should be willing to open  up  an  editor  and
       browse the make-fai-nfsroot code to understand what each task does and how your use of the
       recovery option can be impacted by fiddling around with the stamp files.

       You can call make-fai-nfsroot with the '-r' option to attempt a  recovery  of  a  previous
       run.   As tasks are completed, stamp files are generated in /var/run/fai/make-fai-nfsroot.
       As each task is called in recovery mode, the stamp file is checked.   If  it  exists,  the
       task  is  skipped.   This  will  save  you much time during your initial install and debug
       phase.  It is not a very sophisticated mechanism but it  can  help  you  on  updating  the
       nfsroot  as well.  For example, if you want to update the kernel that is installed, remove
       the    following    stamp    files:    install_kernel_nfsroot_stamp,    setup_bootp_stamp,

       The order in which the stamp files are created are as follows:

              Debootstrap was called successfully.

              Created after successfully calling debootstrap plus a couple of other tasks.

              The packages in $NFSROOT have successfully been upgraded with apt.

              New  packages  have  been  installed  with  apt  as  specified  by the $NFSPACKAGES
              environment variable in /etc/fai/fai.conf.

              FAI copies a base of files to the NFSROOT directory.

              The SSH environment is set up.  You could  probably  remove  this  stamp  alone  to
              refresh your ssh setup.

              This stamp file is created when all the preceeding steps have been taken.  You have
              a base nfsroot directory.  All you need now is the kernel and  the  BOOTP  or  DHCP

              The kernel you specified in $KERNELPACKAGE has been installed.

       setup_bootp_stamp | setup_dhcp_stamp
              Your kernel was either BOOTP or DHCP.  The appropriate setup has been completed.


       exports(5), nfsd(8), fai-setup(8)

       This  program  is part of FAI (Fully Automatic Installation).  See the FAI manual for more
       information on how to use make-fai-nfsroot. The FAI homepage is


              The FAI configuration file.
              The configuration file for make-fai-nfsroot.
              Directory containing shell scripts to be sourced at the end of make-fai-nfsroot for
              additional configuration of the nfsroot. Can be changed with NFSROOT_HOOKS.
              Copy this file to the NFSROOT.
              Stamp files used for recovery.


       Thomas Lange <>