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Re: Bootstrapping

From: Tim Nelson
Subject: Re: Bootstrapping
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 10:22:25 +1100 (EST)

On Wed, 18 Feb 2004, Luke A. Kanies wrote:

> > > [ Binaries ]
> > > This is a classic package management problem.  If you're not using
> > > cfengine for package management, then use your normal package management
> > > solution to get the package installed.  If you are using cfengine, then
> > > you're in an interesting catch-22:  How do I install the package used to
> > > install packages?
> >
> > Not using cfengine for package management. I made a home-rolled RPM
> > which includes the binaries and the latest update.conf. Part of the
> > post-install runs 'cfagent -q' so cfenginization happens at RPM
> > installation time.
> So you have a system outside of cfengine which actually installs the
> cfengine package, then?  That certainly simplifies the bootstrapping
> problem within cfengine, although I'd imagine it just moves it into the
> packaging system.

        I'm also using an external package management system, but
whatever you're doing, you can usually do something like the following in
your kickstart file (assuming you install via kickstart):


# %post must be followed by a blank line

cd /root


/bin/rpm -Uvh $URL1/updates/*
/bin/rpm -Uvh $URL2/cfengine-2.1.0-0.fdr.1.p1.i386.rpm

wget $URL3/cfstartconf/update.conf
mv update.conf /var/cfengine/inputs/

wget $URL3/cfstartconf/ntp.conf
mv ntp.conf /etc/

chkconfig --add cfexecd
chkconfig --add ntpd

echo 'cfagent -q -vv -D setup | tee ~/cf.log' >> /etc/rc.local

        This, as you'll probably recognise, installs the updates (best
done ASAP) and cfengine, copies across the cfengine config, and ensures
that cfagent is run immediately on startup.  It also ensures that the time
is synchronised -- without that, cfengine doesn't always work.  As far as
I know, it doesn't conflict with cfengine's package management stuff


Tim Nelson
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