fai-cd(8)                   System Manager's Manual                  fai-cd(8)

       fai-cd - make a bootable CD-ROM or USB stick that performs an FAI

       fai-cd [OPTION] -m MIRROR ISOFILE
       fai-cd [OPTION] -B FILE
       fai-cd [OPTION] -d URL
       fai-cd [OPTION] -S IMAGEFILE

       This command creates a bootable ISO CD-ROM image that performs the
       fully automatic installation from CD-ROM without an install server. The
       ISO image will be written to FILE. To create the image, the command
       needs the NFSROOT, the configuration space and optionally a partial
       mirror, which is created by fai-mirror. The ISO image will contain a
       compressed squashfs filesystem. This hybrid CD image can also be
       written to an USB stick using dd(1).

       NOTE: By default, fai-cd uses the grub file from /etc/fai/grub.cfg,
       which is designed for demo purposes.  This grub menu passes the "menu"
       flag to the FAI_FLAGS parameter, which causes a menu with various
       installation and boot options to be displayed on each boot.  To avoid
       this, you must specify your own grub file using the -g flag, as
       described below.

       -A     Create a boot only CD image (also usable for an USB stick) with
              autodiscover function. The CD will scan the subnet for a FAI
              server. By default it shows a menu with all profiles available
              from which you can select a type of installation. This image
              only needs 25MB.  You can add the -J option to make the image

       -B     Create a boot only ISO image which does a network installation.
              It does not include the nfsroot, the partitial mirror and the
              config space; however for it to automatically initiate the
              installation -d has to be set. By default CONFIG_SRC will be

       -b     After creating the ISO image burn it by calling wodim(1) (a
              version of cdrecord).

       -c DIRECTORY
              Override the value of FAI_CONFIGDIR set in nfsroot.conf.

              Use DIRECTORY as the configuration directory instead of the
              default /etc/fai. You can also set the environment variable

       -d URL Do not include the config space in the image. Instead set the
              variable to the location of the config space to URL. This sets
              FAI_CONFIG_SRC in the grub config, which is obtained from the
              FAI configuration dir (see -C). Set it to "" to not set
              FAI_CONFIG_SRC at all. If not set, the config space is taken
              from FAI_CONFIGDIR and copied to /var/lib/fai/config in the
              image. Currently no file: is allowed here, instead set
              FAI_CONFIGDIR in nfsroot.conf(5).

       -e     Exclude the directory /var/tmp from the nfsroot. You may put the
              file base.tar.xz in the configuration space into the
              subdirectory basefiles. This option will save about 50MB of disk
              space. This option will exclude the directory even when -H is

       -f     Force removal of an existing ISO image before creating a new

       -g FILE
              Use FILE as grub grub.cfg file. The script will look for FILE in
              CFDIR. If FILE is located in another directory then a full path
              must be specified. If not specified, use /etc/fai/grub.cfg.

       -h     Show simple help and version.

       -H     Do not hide directories. Using this option will consume about
              45MB more disk space on your media. By default, some directories
              like man pages and locales are hidden and will not be put onto
              the CD or the USB stick.

       -J     Use xz compression when calling mksquashfs. Default is gzip.

       -M     Do not add the package mirror to the CD. Packages that would be
              fetched from the mirror are obtained from the normal sources
              configured elsewhere, usually remote repositories.

       -m DIRECTORY
              Use DIRECTORY as partial FAI mirror. This option is mandatory,
              unless you use -M or -B.

       -n DIRECTORY
              Override the value of NFSROOT set in nfsroot.conf.

       -s blocks
              Add additional disk space to the image. Increases the size by
              the number of 1M blocks specified.

       -S     Create a squashfs image file instead of a complete iso. The
              image contains the nfsroot and can be fetched through various
              ways over the network. For an example, see the section "FAI
              without NFS" in the FAI Guide.

       After you've created a mirror with fai-mirror in /media/mirror, you can
       create a CD using:

          # fai-cd -m /media/mirror fai-cd.iso

       If you want to create a bootable USB stick (here /dev/sdf) , write the
       CD image to the stick via dd(1).

          # dd if=fai-cd.iso of=/dev/sdf bs=1M

       Some computers (mostly older ones) only boot from USB stick if the
       first partition is set active. You can use this command to make your
       USB stick bootable if you stick is recognized as /dev/sdf:

          # parted /dev/sdf set 1 boot on

       It is possible to install over the network without using NFS, i.e. by
       getting the nfsroot via an http request. To do so you have to create a
       squashfs image using the following command:

          # fai-cd -S squashfs.img

       In addition to that you can create said image without a config space
       and without a mirror. This is useful for when you want to avoid
       creating a new image after modifying your config space or updating your

          # fai-cd -d "" -SMeJ squashfs.img

       To fetch the image via http, use the following kernel command line


       Create the autodiscover boot image:

          # fai-cd -JAg /etc/fai/grub.cfg.autodiscover fai-autod.iso

       Specify your own grub file:

          # fai-cd -g /srv/fai/config/my_extras/grub.cfg -m /srv/fai/mirror

       Additional kernel command line options can be found in the man page of
       dracut.cmdline(7). fai-cd needs enough disk space in TMPDIR (/tmp by
       default) for creating the compressed filesystem. You may want to set it
       to another directories, before calling fai-cd.



              The FAI configuration file.
              The default grub2 menu configuration file for fai-cd.
       Thomas Lange <lange@informatik.uni-koeln.de>

FAI 5                              Oct 2017                          fai-cd(8)