Genautoo: an automated installer for gentoo
The goal of Genautoo is to install automatically Gentoo/Linux by customizing a single file.
genautoo is released under the MIT Public License
I'm not a big fan of redhat/fedora/centos but there is one thing I like in this environnement: the kickstart files. One simple file permitting you to easily install and reinstall and rereinstall your system as you want.
Installing Gentoo is fun, but once you've done it several times, it doesn't learn you anything. It's just a time consuming process, but for those who like the distro, it remains a necessary step.
In some cases, you may want to reinstall from scratch regularly. For example if you maintain some packages, it's a crude way to check that your ebuilds still work (since gentoo is a rolling release, your ebuilds could easily break).
In other cases, you may want to install identical Gentoos on several computers.
Genautoo is a solution for these situations.
Genautoo is two things:
A script generating a custom install iso for gentoo: genautoo.sh
An installer: installer/install.sh (and its libs)
How do I use it?
Just follow the steps:
create your config file
run (as root, sorry):
./genautoo.sh -a amd64 -c -o my_custom_install.iso
burn the iso/dd it on a usb stick
boot the shit
take a (long) coffee (several in fact)
restart your computer (don't forget to remove the install media) and VOILA!
Okay, but how do I create the config file?
Just use vim :)
Humm, that's not helping? Okay. Creating the config file is simple, here is a simple example:
[global] #some global parameters #mirror="http://mirror.ovh.net/gentoo-distfiles/" #proxy="http://myproxy.example.net:8080" parallele_emerge="-j4" root_password="changeme" [network_install] #network configuration during the installation eth0 dhcp #eth1 static 192.168.42.100/24 #route eth1 default gw 192.168.42.254 #dns 18.104.22.168 [network] #network configuration of the installed system #eth1 static 192.168.69.51/24 #route eth1 default gw 192.168.69.1 #dns 22.214.171.124 [partitionning] #partitions description #DISK SIZE FS MOUNT_POINT /dev/sda 120M ext4 /boot /dev/sda 1G reiserfs / /dev/sda 5G ext4 /home /dev/sda 5G ext4 /usr /dev/sda 1G swap /dev/sda ALL ext4 /var [make.conf] #lines ADDED to the make.conf MAKEOPTS="-j8" ACCEPT_LICENSE="*" LINGUAS="en fr" [packages] #list of the packages to install net-misc/dhcpcd app-editors/vim sys-process/htop sys-kernel/gentoo-sources [pre_setup] #script executed before anything has started echo "hello" [pre_install_nochroot] #shell script executed just before the chrooting echo "I" [pre_install_chroot] #shell script executed just after the chrooting echo "am" [post_install_chroot] #shell script executed after the installation inside the chroot echo "genautoo" [post_install_nochroot] #shell script executed after the installation outside the chroot echo "installer"
The order of the section doesn't matter, and you can split a section, for example:
[global] #some global parameters [partitionning] #partitions description #DISK SIZE FS MOUNT_POINT /dev/sda 120M ext4 /boot /dev/sda 1G reiserfs / [global] #rest of the global parameters
Any way, there are some examples in the examples directory.
How does the installer work?
It's simply a bunch of bourne shell scripts that use the config file to do what they have to do.
More explanations coming soon...
How does genautoo.sh work?
Just take a look at the help:
Without optional arguments, it takes the installer, the config file, it downloads the latest debian (hehehe) businesscard iso of the specified arch, and it builds a custom iso
More explanations coming soon...