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Re: boot cd frustration

I made a new disc image this afternoon:


which has no default kernel set. Unfortunately I can't specify no default at all, because isolinux will automatically default to attempt to load a kernel named "linux". The bright side is that if no such kernel exists, it will re-prompt with an appropriate error message. I think that's as close to the behavior we want as I can get without some significant hacking.

Also, I'd like to remind everyone that we've got a umce linux working group meeting on the 12th; this friday at 6pm. Be there or be square.


On Mon, 8 Aug 2005 gelle@xxxxxxxxx wrote:

great! how much work is it to get an image up with this change? Can we get it this week?

On Aug 8, 2005, at 2:18 PM, Albert Bertram wrote:

I was going to do whatever Gabi thought was best, since I'm indifferent. I haven't done more than look at what options we have, but it looks like we can do no default.


On Mon, 8 Aug 2005 mcgarr@xxxxxxxxx wrote:

I believe that Albert was going to look into making there be no default, so you
would have to select one of the options.


Quoting Sean Sweda <sweda@xxxxxxxxx>:

Did we ever come to a consensus on this?
On Aug 1, 2005, at 9:19 PM, gelle@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
you'll still get hung, and have to visit the machine, if you boot from HD when nothing is there, or a bad fstab, forgot to run lilo, etc.
On Aug 1, 2005, at 5:57 PM, Albert Bertram wrote:
Well, for the vast majority of the systems that I load, booting with vga console is the appropriate things to do. Though I'm not responsible for configuring that option, I am familiar with where it's set. Off the top of my head, I'm not sure if you can configure it to wait indefinitely, but I'll investigate that.
It may even be possible to attempt to boot to both. Though I believe there will be at least aesthetic imperfections in such a system.
Having said that, I think option 1, boot from hard drive, makes a better default. That way you can leave a boot cd in your system all the time if you want.
On Mon, 1 Aug 2005, Michael C Garrison wrote:
I agree whole heartdly with what you have said before. With our current setup, the default should be serial console if an option can not be forced. I'm sure this is a simple change Albert could do.
Mike Garrison
On Mon, 1 Aug 2005, gelle@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
I have an ongoing problem with tipping into a machine, hitting enter a few times to get a prompt, and finding out there's a CD left in there, and I've just booted off VGA console.
This requires a visit to the machine.
I think the ideal would be to have no default, and force a number to be selected.
If this is not possible, then I think that '3'... boot from serial console... should be the default, so at least I will be able to reboot again without visiting the machine. Tedious if it's in ALDC, but a lot more aggravating if it's at SEB.
Does anyone object to this change to the boot CD? Is there a reason I haven't thought of for there to even be a default, and secondly, a default which doesn't work on the majority of our machines?