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What ISO can be used as a Netinstall repository

asked 2017-03-07 04:42:11 -0500

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updated 2017-03-09 00:14:10 -0500

I've tried to add the Fedora Live ISO from a NTFS volume as a Base repository for the netinstall installation but always get the following error: Error setting up base directory So which ISO is suitable to be added as a repository? Or is the problem something else?

Background: I want to setup a rather minimal installation as a don't need all the tools included in the Workstation image. As I'm new to fedora I'll have to reinstall it quite often so downloading the whole system over and over again is no option. link text

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With netinstall it is supposed to use a network repository: i.e. via HTTP or FTP. How did you set up such NTFS repository? You mean there is an ISO in an NTFS volume?

alcir gravatar imagealcir ( 2017-03-07 12:11:28 -0500 )edit

Yes, the ISO is located on an external HDD formated with NTFS. I known that netinstall should rather use a network repository but there's an option for 'ISO' under installation source.

maxm gravatar imagemaxm ( 2017-03-07 12:41:46 -0500 )edit

Then, maybe, the NTFS module is not loaded during the installation process, so the external volume cannot be mounted?

alcir gravatar imagealcir ( 2017-03-07 13:45:32 -0500 )edit

It is mounted and I can also browse the volumes and chooses the image, but if I click done it takes a few seconds and then I get the error above.

maxm gravatar imagemaxm ( 2017-03-07 13:55:34 -0500 )edit

Sorry but I don't see where I can put a local directory, or the path to the ISO, in the netinstall interface. Other than HTTP/S, FTP and NFS, I have not other options.

alcir gravatar imagealcir ( 2017-03-08 00:13:33 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-03-09 19:49:22 -0500

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The ISO must be shared out via a network protocol. Mounting any type of filesystem and pointing to the ISO is not a network-based install. This is what is meant by the term 'netinstall.'

You can use (boot from) any of the ISO spins and point to a kickstart file (at boot) to choose only those packages you wish to install - if the groups in anaconda do not meet your needs.

Though I would suggest you download the server ISO, boot from it and select the minimal package set in anaconda and start from there. If that doesn't provide you the correct package set - then a kickstart file is your best choice.

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Then the dialog is a bit misleading;)

I didn't want to use the Server ISO as I read that it's not recommended for Desktop use.

I think I'll install the regular spins and remove all packages which I don't need.

Thanks for your replies.

maxm gravatar imagemaxm ( 2017-03-10 01:12:36 -0500 )edit

Much cleaner to do a minimal install using the server iso, and install any additional packages afterwards than installing a workstation image and removing things (which may not even work well).

FYI: Base system of server and workstation ISO are exactly the same.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-03-10 05:40:30 -0500 )edit

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