Jumpstarting Sol10_106 - Solaris

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  1. Jumpstarting Sol10_106


    We've been using Jumpstart since Sol8 and I thought I would answer
    something we've been unable to do "properly".

    We want to jumpstart without GUI, entrely in Console. Previously we
    just cooked together a "bad" bootparams entry (wrong mouse path) that
    would make X fail, and we stay in Console mode.


    However, as I am revisiting this:

    In Sol10, we now use grub. I made a bootfloppy for jumpstarting, picks
    the nic, DHCP and runs "install".

    The manual for GRUB say that "-nowin" and "-text" boot options are not
    supported, which would imply to me that the default is not bother with
    launching GUI mode.

    It automatically picks "Custom Jumpstart" as I specified "- install" on
    the GRUB boot line.

    .... then it probes the gfx card and launches X anyway.

    Whats the deal here? If -nowin option worked, it would be perfect, so
    why not support it?

    The hack to change "NOWIN=0" in the Boot/ files seem more complicated
    now as they appear to be GZiped bundles.

    What IS the real way to stop GUI from kicking in? Why are Sun so
    obsessed with the damned GUI

    Sure it works with the very long bootparam entry, but it's just so
    inelegant!

    sol10jump1
    root=172.16.38.6:/jumpstart/sol10_x86_106/Solaris_10/Tools/Boot inst
    all=172.16.38.6:/jumpstart/sol10_x86_106 boottype=:in
    rootopts=:rsize=32768 ns=:
    none install_config=172.16.38.6:/jumpstart/sol10_x86_106
    sysid_config=172.16.38.
    6:/jumpstart/sol10_x86_106
    keyboard=sol10jump1:us101;__dev__=/dev/vt00;__kbdfile
    __=us101.kbd
    display=sol10jump1:SUNWvga4;__ddxHandler__=ddxSUNW vga4.so.1;__ddxIn
    itFunc__=SUNWvga4Init
    monitor=sol10jump1:stvga;__device__=SUNWvga4;__res __=640x4
    80;__defdepth__=4;__size__=14-inch(36cm);__board__=ibm/stvga.xqa;__monitor__=mfr
    eq/svga.vda;__dpix__=57;__dpiy__=57;__pmifile__=/usr/openwin/etc/devdata/svpmi/S
    UNWvga4/vga.pmi;__dcm__=Adapter
    pointer=sol10jump1s22b;__csize__=0;__emulTimeo
    ut__=25;__buttons__=3;__strmod__=vuid2ps2;__ddxIni tFunc__=ddxSUNWmouseProc;__ddx
    Handler__=ddxSUNWmouse.so.1;__dev__=/dev/kdmouse;__ptrfile__=ps22b3be025.ptr

    ick!

    Lund


  2. Re: Jumpstarting Sol10_106

    On Thu, 02 Mar 2006 22:43:40 -0800, lundma wrote:

    >
    > We've been using Jumpstart since Sol8 and I thought I would answer
    > something we've been unable to do "properly".
    >
    > We want to jumpstart without GUI, entrely in Console. Previously we
    > just cooked together a "bad" bootparams entry (wrong mouse path) that
    > would make X fail, and we stay in Console mode.
    >
    >
    > However, as I am revisiting this:
    >
    > In Sol10, we now use grub. I made a bootfloppy for jumpstarting, picks
    > the nic, DHCP and runs "install".
    >
    > The manual for GRUB say that "-nowin" and "-text" boot options are not
    > supported, which would imply to me that the default is not bother with
    > launching GUI mode.


    kernel /I86PC.Solaris_10-1/multiboot kernel/unix - install nowin

    >
    > It automatically picks "Custom Jumpstart" as I specified "- install" on
    > the GRUB boot line.
    >
    > ... then it probes the gfx card and launches X anyway.
    >
    > Whats the deal here? If -nowin option worked, it would be perfect, so
    > why not support it?
    >
    > The hack to change "NOWIN=0" in the Boot/ files seem more complicated
    > now as they appear to be GZiped bundles.
    >
    > What IS the real way to stop GUI from kicking in? Why are Sun so
    > obsessed with the damned GUI
    >
    > Sure it works with the very long bootparam entry, but it's just so
    > inelegant!
    >
    > sol10jump1
    > root=172.16.38.6:/jumpstart/sol10_x86_106/Solaris_10/Tools/Boot inst
    > all=172.16.38.6:/jumpstart/sol10_x86_106 boottype=:in
    > rootopts=:rsize=32768 ns=:
    > none install_config=172.16.38.6:/jumpstart/sol10_x86_106
    > sysid_config=172.16.38.
    > 6:/jumpstart/sol10_x86_106
    > keyboard=sol10jump1:us101;__dev__=/dev/vt00;__kbdfile
    > __=us101.kbd
    > display=sol10jump1:SUNWvga4;__ddxHandler__=ddxSUNW vga4.so.1;__ddxIn
    > itFunc__=SUNWvga4Init
    > monitor=sol10jump1:stvga;__device__=SUNWvga4;__res __=640x4
    > 80;__defdepth__=4;__size__=14-inch(36cm);__board__=ibm/stvga.xqa;__monitor__=mfr
    > eq/svga.vda;__dpix__=57;__dpiy__=57;__pmifile__=/usr/openwin/etc/devdata/svpmi/S
    > UNWvga4/vga.pmi;__dcm__=Adapter
    > pointer=sol10jump1s22b;__csize__=0;__emulTimeo
    > ut__=25;__buttons__=3;__strmod__=vuid2ps2;__ddxIni tFunc__=ddxSUNWmouseProc;__ddx
    > Handler__=ddxSUNWmouse.so.1;__dev__=/dev/kdmouse;__ptrfile__=ps22b3be025.ptr
    >
    > ick!
    >
    > Lund


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    Bruce

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    not every one is friendly"
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  3. Re: Jumpstarting Sol10_106


    Thanks for the prompt reply, I have yet to try it as I have to wait for
    the next bunch of 20 servers to arrive.

    I don't know why it says:
    "The options nowin and text do not apply to a JumpStart installation.
    These options are useful with an interactive installation. For more
    information, see" for the GRUB instructions, it had me fooled.


  4. Re: Jumpstarting Sol10_106

    On Mon, 13 Mar 2006 22:07:39 -0800, lundma wrote:

    >
    > Thanks for the prompt reply, I have yet to try it as I have to wait for
    > the next bunch of 20 servers to arrive.
    >


    Have you considered using JET (JumpStart Enterprise Tookit) to do your
    installations ?

    http://www.sun.com/downloads
    http://jet.maui.co.uk

    > I don't know why it says:
    > "The options nowin and text do not apply to a JumpStart installation.
    > These options are useful with an interactive installation. For more
    > information, see" for the GRUB instructions, it had me fooled.


    Where does it say that ?
    --
    Bruce

    "The internet is a huge and diverse community and
    not every one is friendly"
    http://www.ytc1.co.uk


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