installing from flash archives using jumpstart

installing from flash archives using jumpstart

Post by Kev » Fri, 07 Feb 2003 01:59:30


I am trying to create a jumpstart profile that will install from a flash archive.

Using the jumpstart install method, I installed a SB100 with the end-user
software clster.  On reboot at the end of install I created the flash archive via
flarcreate, and was able to install from it using NFS server. So far so good.

I did the same using compress option to flarcreate, also OK.

I then "customised" the base install,  added a lot of local software and
patches to the system.

After that I created a second flash archive, using the same syntax as before.
It was a lot bigger this time!!

# ls -ltr
-rw-r--r--   1 root     other    453041741 Feb  4 16:07 S8-nopatches.archive
-rw-r--r--   1 root     other    4567679089 Feb  5 12:17 S8-extras.archive

However when I try to jumpstart using that archive I get an error at "opening
flash archive" time, saying the system is unable to mount the archive.

Is there a file size limit I have exceeded, if so is this documented somewhere?

On a successful jumpstart I see the log below.

I use this to create the flash archive

flarcreate \
 -n "Solaris 8 02/02 + NIS + Forte 6u2 + ..."  \

 -x /xxx

where /xxx is mounted from the NFS server.
The creation takes a long time, but returns without errors.


The system is coming up.  Please wait.
Starting remote procedure call (RPC) services: sysidns done.
System identification is completed.
Starting Solaris installation program...
Searching for JumpStart directory...
Using rules.ok from
Checking rules.ok file...
Using profile: Profiles/sb100-flash-prof
Executing JumpStart preinstall phase...
Searching for SolStart directory...
Checking rules.ok file...
Using begin script: install_begin
Using finish script: patch_finish
Executing SolStart preinstall phase...
Executing begin script "install_begin"...
Begin script install_begin execution completed.

Processing profile
        - Opening Flash archive
        - Validating Flash archive

WARNING: Unknown identification section keywords found:
        - creation_node
        - creation_hardware_class
        - creation_platform
        - creation_processor
        - creation_release
        - creation_os_name
        - creation_os_version

These keywords will be ignored.

        - Selecting all disks
        - Configuring boot device
        - Configuring / (c0t0d0s0)
        - Configuring swap (c0t0d0s1)
        - Configuring /opt (c0t0d0s3)
        - Configuring /scratch (c0t0d0s6)

Verifying disk configuration

Verifying space allocation
        NOTE: 1 archives did not include size information

Preparing system for Flash install

Configuring disk (c0t0d0)
        - Creating Solaris disk label (VTOC)

Creating and checking UFS file systems
        - Creating / (c0t0d0s0)
        - Creating /opt (c0t0d0s3)
        - Creating /scratch (c0t0d0s6)

Beginning Flash archive extraction

Extracting archive: Solaris 8 + no patches
        Extracted    0.00 MB (  0% of  255.30 MB archive)
        Extracted    1.00 MB (  0% of  255.30 MB archive)
        Extracted    2.00 MB (  0% of  255.30 MB archive)
        Extracted    3.00 MB (  1% of  255.30 MB archive)
        Extracted    4.00 MB (  1% of  255.30 MB archive)
        Extracted    5.00 MB (  1% of  255.30 MB archive)


1. Using web start flash archive for install + Disksuite

Created an archive on local tape. The system is a solaris 9, 220R with
the root drive mirrored, / swap and /usr etc..... The archive was
created successfully. When we boot off the DVD using webstart, I choose
to install an archive from local tape and it installs happily. Upon
reboot, the kernel boots up to the point where the disksuite drivers are
loaded and it panics dumping all sorts of registers etc... . Problem is
I cant trap the error message because it resets right away.

Question,  1, are flash archives supported when software raid is used ?
Haven't found anything to substantiate this theory.
2, has anyone seen this behaviour before ?


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