How to create a Fedora install ISO for testing
This page will show you how to build an ISO of Rawhide that you can use for testing.
Get Rawhide (optional)
If you don't have Rawhide available on a fast, local link, you may want to mirror it locally using
mkdir -P /var/www/fedora/linux/development/x86_64/os cd /var/www/fedora/linux/development/x86_64/os rsync -Pavy --delete-after <MIRROR_NEAR_YOU>::fedora-linux-development/x86_64/os .
Note that these commands assume you are interested in testing the
x86_64 (64-bit) architecture. Substitute
i386 as needed for 32-bit architecture.
Make a DVD image
- You must be running Rawhide, or use
to continue. One easy way to proceed, since you presumably have a Rawhide mirror available (see above), is to install Rawhide in a virtual guest machine.
- You can use the same tools that Fedora Release Engineering uses to make a DVD. First, install the
yum install pungi
- Change directory to an area with gobs of free space. Use the
df -hcommand to find a location if needed.
- Download the current kickstart file for Rawhide.
curl -o rawhide-fedora.ks http://git.fedorahosted.org/git/pungi.git?p=pungi.git;a=blob_plain;f=share/rawhide-fedora.ks;hb=HEAD
- Edit the
repocommands in the
rawhide-fedora.ksfile to point at your local mirror. If the mirror is on your hard disk as above, for example, use this command in the kickstart file:
repo --name=rawhide --baseurl=file:///var/www/fedora/linux/development/$basearch/os</li> <li>Make the DVD image: <pre>pungi --nosource --nosplitmedia --nodebuginfo --all-stages -c rawhide-fedora.ks
Making your DVD image match a release candidate
If there's already a release candidate available through the staging site, you can use
rsync to "upgrade" your DVD image.
- Get the official file name of the DVD from the mirror. Note the directory location and the file name.
- Rename your DVD ISO image to the same name as the official file.
cd 20090323/x86_64/iso mv Fedora-20090323-x86_64-DVD.iso Fedora-11-Beta-x86_64-DVD.iso
rsyncto download the required bits to match your DVD to the original. The switches below deliver stats as you download, and effectively minimize the amount of downloading. Note that the location shown is an example only.
rsync -Pavy alt.fedoraproject.org::alt/stage/11-Beta.rc3/Fedora-11-Beta-x86_64-DVD/Fedora-11-Beta-x86_64-DVD.iso .