Below are the basic steps to follow to set up a network installation server from the command line.
A package image can also be made available for network installation through the Install Server graphical installation tool
For example, you can copy a package image from a development area on your local hard disk, a network drive, or from a mounted CD. The following example mounts a CD and copies a file system format package image from it to /var/spool/dist.
mount -F cdfs -r /dev/cdrom/cdrom1 /mnt cp -r /mnt/pkgname /var/spool/dist
If the image on CD is a datastream image, you can omit the -r option to the cp command, and specify the name of the file containing the datastream as pkgname.
If you need to change the format of the installable image, you can copy and change it's format in one command using the pkgtrans(C) command. To go from datastream to file system format:
pkgtrans /mnt/datastream /var/spool/dist pkgname
To go from file system to datastream format:
pkgtrans -s /mnt /var/spool/dist/pkgname.ds pkgname
For example the following command enables the network installation of all the packages under /var/spool/dist using the tcp protocol.
installsrv -e -n tcp
Note that the appropriate protocol must be enabled on your system, which must also be connected to a network of the appropriate type in order for it to be able to process non-local installation requests.
pkglist -s 0.0.0.0: all
For datastream format images, use a command like the following, substituting the name of a datastream format file under /var/spool/dist for datastream:
pkglist -s 0.0.0.0:datastream all
See ``Network installation from the command line'' and ``Network installation from the graphical interface'' for how to perform a network install from a target machine on the network.