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I want to do a stock Workstation installation using kickstart files but it's impossible

asked 2016-10-27 18:02:21 -0500

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updated 2016-10-28 06:18:37 -0500


Booting a Fedora 24 DVD's iso and pointing it to a Kickstart file doesn't work because although this iso understands Kickstart files, it hasn't Gnome packages to install (or, at least, they aren't recognized in %packages section).

Booting a Fedora 24 Workstation's iso (which has Gnome packages inside) and pointing it to a Kickstart file doesn't work because it doesn't understand Kickstart files.

So I can't do an automated installation of Workstation system with a stock Gnome environment. It's a real pitty.

Do you know any workaround? Thanks!

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answered 2016-10-28 09:45:43 -0500

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Which ISO exactly are you using?

In any case, it's certainly not impossible. The recommended way to do this is with the Workstation Netinstall image -- this is a small ISO that you boot from, and all of the packages then come from the network. You can get it from the Other Downloads section of the Get Fedora Workstation page.

If you don't want to pull from the network every time, I recommend setting up your own local mirror -- generally, if you're doing kickstarts, you're doing more than one system, so this can be a worthwhile optimization. As a bonus, using the netinstall lets you do your initial install with updated packages, saving a cycle of applying updates and making sure your new systems are secure even at first boot.

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