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Old 29th May 2008
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Default OBSD 4.3 Customize site43 & install.site problems

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I am trying to get a custom installation of OpenBSD 4.3 going, and I am just having issues. What I did was copy the main install cd's files and then added to that my site43.tgz file, with an included install.site script. After that, I created a bootable iso from the files, and burn it, install, all goes normally.

Except!

The install is totally normal, it doesn't run my script. All the packages that were in the site43.tgz are just sitting in the root directory of my install, uninstalled! The script was obviously not run. What am I missing here?
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Old 29th May 2008
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I do custom installations with a local ftp server, much more easier then from a CD.
In your install.site script you will have to use pkg_add to add the packages.
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Default Yes, I get that

Thanks for the help, but I wasn't clear:

Yeah, I understand the fact that I should put those lines in the install.site. Actually, that is all that is in there right now, just the pkg_add lines, as I am simply trying to get it going as a proof of concept (it was a little more extensive, but I edited it down to commands that I knew would work). The script works, no doubt about it, as I can run it as soon as the install is done and it works perfectly. It just doesn't run by default. It is just sitting there in the / directory when I reboot the machine after the install. As soon as I login for the first time I can run the script and it works.

As to the ftp, I know that that would be the easiest way to provide it, but the problem is my boss wants CDs to hand out to our distributed computing areas. Eventually, I may be able to convince him to change to a ftp service (way easier on our end) but right now, he wants an iso.

So I am trying to it that way, and am thinking that maybe it has to do with my file structure, or maybe permissions? I put the site43.tgz in the 43/i386 directory, and tarzipped it with tar -czvf options, if that helps. Thanks again!
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Old 30th May 2008
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The install.site script will be run at the end of the install after you configured the time zone. Not when you reboot the computer

Ftp is a more environment friendly way to experiment with a customized install then burning an ISO each time. After you figured everything out and everything is working OK from a local ftp server, only then you burn your CD.

I use custom installs by using bsd.rd and a serial console to log everything. I also use tee to provide a log of all output produced by the install.site script.

BTW your tar command is missing the p option to preserve the permissions. The script needs root ownership and execute permissions.
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Default Interesting

Thanks for those pointers. I think that I will try to get my installs going via ftp until I am reasonably sure that they will work with a cd iso.

Even with the -p option in place, I don't see my install.site script working. These are the direct contents, maybe I am missing something obvious:

pkg_add libiconv
pkg_add gettext
pkg_add vim
pkg_add nano
pkg_add pftop
pkg_add bash

I stripped it down, just because it wasn't working. The various packages are in the same directory.

I know that it should run near the last stages of the install, but it simply does not. What does happen, is the contents of the site43.tgz are simply dumped into my root directory: nice, but not at all what I wanted. Ie, if, from the initial reboot after the install, I can use these commands:

cd /
sh install.site

and everything runs, etc. All the changes that I want (at this point as you can see, I am just settling for files) are then performed.

There are no folders in the zipped file, there were, but I took them out on the off chance that that was causing it not to work. I would really love to get this custom install going, I love the OpenBSD project, I love its ability to be a transparent firewall, but maybe I am just being obtuse about something, missing something basic. Thanks for all the help so far! Has somebody actually done this that could give a quick and dirty way that they got it working? Thanks again!
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.....from the initial reboot after the install, I can use these commands:

cd /
sh install.site

and everything runs, etc.
Can you do a ?
Code:
cd / 
./install.site
In other words : does install.site have the "x' or execute permission?
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I use a Makefile to customize my installs for each different box. My install.site script is just a wrapper for the install.site.${BOX} script. A snippet from that Makefile
Code:
install.site: install.site.${BOX}
        @echo --- Creating ${.TARGET}
        @echo "#!/bin/sh" >${.TARGET}
        @echo ". ./install.site.${BOX} 2>&1 | tee ./install.report" >>${.TARGET}
        @chmod u+x ${.TARGET}

install.site.${BOX}: ${SCRIPT}
        @echo --- Creating ${.TARGET}
        @cat ${.ALLSRC} >${.TARGET}
When the value of $BOX is "protogoras" the install.site target will create this install.site script
Code:
#!/bin/sh
. ./install.site.protogoras 2>&1 | tee ./install.report
That way I have a log of everything install.site.protogoras has done. in the file ./install.report.
Note the chmod u+x command to make the file executable.

The following is what I use to add packages
Code:
# --- configure shared library cache with code stolen from "/etc/rc"

if [ -f /sbin/ldconfig ]; then
        echo 'creating runtime link editor directory cache.'
        if [ -d /usr/local/lib ]; then
                shlib_dirs="/usr/local/lib $shlib_dirs"
        fi
        if [ -d /usr/X11R6/lib ]; then
                shlib_dirs="/usr/X11R6/lib $shlib_dirs"
        fi
        ldconfig $shlib_dirs
fi

# ---
export PKG_PATH="ftp://mirror.hostfuss.com/pub/OpenBSD/snapshots/packages/i386/"

export PKG_CACHE=/home/packages
mkdir -p ${PKG_CACHE}

PACKAGES="fetchmail-6.3.8p0.tgz ghostscript-8.54p1-a4-no_x11.tgz a2ps-4.13bp4-a4.tgz apsfilter-7.2.8p0.tgz courier-imap-4.1.1p2.tgz "

echo Installing the following packages from $PKG_PATH
echo $PACKAGES | tr ' ' '\n'
echo -------------------------------------------------
pkg_add -v $PACKAGES
Last time I I used all this stuff was in October 2007, so YMMV
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Default Great! Thanks A Ton

Thanks for all your help J65nko!

I finally got it working with your advice, I knew it was going to be something simple that I was just missing (in this case, for your info, it was chmod, totally forgot about doing that before I would actually go ahead and zip it up). But not only did I finally get the problem that I needed solved, I got a bunch of other good advice, that I am putting into practice.

Thanks again
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