fai-make-nfsroot(8)         System Manager's Manual        fai-make-nfsroot(8)

       fai-make-nfsroot - create the FAI nfsroot directory

       fai-make-nfsroot [options]

       Create the FAI nfsroot directory as pointed by $NFSROOT in the
       config_file.  This directory is necessary for the installation of
       Debian on remote clients using the FAI package. The config_file
       location is discussed in the OPTIONS below.

       The exit code returned is 0 if all commands to build the root directory
       exited successfully and >0 if an error occurs.

       -a     Adjust a generic nfsroot. Add resolv.conf, add host entries, set
              the root password.

       -B BASETGZ
              Use specified BASETGZ file as base.tgz (or base.tar.gz,
              base.tar.xz, base.txz) for the nfsroot. This avoids calling
              debootstrap and therefore reduces the buildtime for the nfsroot.

       -C CFDIR
              Use CFDIR as configuration directory. Default is /etc/fai. You
              can also set the environment variable FAI_ETC_DIR.

       -f     Force overwriting an existing nfsroot. By default fai-make-
              nfsroot aborts if the configuration variable NFSROOT points to a
              directory which already exists. To force overwriting (and
              therefore rebuilding) the existing nfsroot use this option. This
              option is supported starting with FAI 4.0.  Note: To update and
              therefore preserve an existing nfsroot see option -k.

       -g     Create a generic nfsroot. Remove most install server specific
              data from nfsroot. See also -a.

       -K     Remove all kernels from NFSROOT.

       -k     Install additional packages defined in /etc/fai/NFSROOT into the
              nfsroot. Also copies all kernels from the nfsroot to the
              directory $TFTPROOT.  You can use this option, to upgrade all
              packages inside the nfsroot.

       -N     Additionally install non-free packages defined in the NONFREE
              section of /etc/fai/NFSROOT.

       -P     Preserve ssh configs including the keys of the root account and
              also the ssh host keys from inside the nfsroot.

       -p     Preserve ssh configs including the keys of the root account.
              This will not preserve the ssh host keys inside the nfsroot.

       -s     Create a smaller nfsroot. Do not install packages defined in
              /etc/fai/NFSROOT in the FULL section.

       -v     Create verbose output on stdout.

       -h     Show simple help.

       -z     Use gzip for compressing the base.tar file. Default is to use

       If you do not use NFS, you may still use the NFSROOT directory as a
       staging point for building the base installation tarball.

       exports(5), nfsd(8), fai-setup(8)

       This program is part of FAI (Fully Automatic Installation).  See the
       FAI manual for more information on how to use fai-make-nfsroot. The FAI
       homepage is https://fai-project.org.
              The FAI configuration file.
              The configuration file for fai-make-nfsroot.
              Directory containing shell scripts to be sourced at the end of
              fai-make-nfsroot for additional configuration of the nfsroot.
              Can be changed with NFSROOT_HOOKS.
              Copy this file to the NFSROOT.
              Repository keys in .asc format found here will be installed into
              the NFSROOT.
              The script will write the values of FAI_VERSION and NFSROOT to
              this file.

       Thomas Lange <lange@informatik.uni-koeln.de>

FAI 5.5.4                        February 2018             fai-make-nfsroot(8)