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Creating a Test Day Live Image

The following steps outline how to create a Fedora live image based on current Fedora Branched packages for use during Test Days. This is mainly intended for Fedora QA team and teams that host a Test Day. Of course these teams can also use a nightly compose image, but special Test Day images bring additional benefits - easy access to test day channels (web, chat), smaller size and customizability.

How to build a Test Day Live image:

  1. Install Package-x-generic-16.pnglivecd-tools from the same or higher release that you intend to build the image for. If you want to build a Fedora 29 live image, you need to install the .fc29 package or later. Usually you can install it and run it on an older release (Fedora 28) just fine. If that doesn't work, you will need to install Fedora 29 first:
    yum install livecd-tools --releasever=29
  2. Download the kickstart script used by Fedora 29 by using the f29 git branch:
    yum install git
    git clone 'git://' -b f29

    or if you have done it in the past, just update it:

    cd spin-kickstarts; git checkout f29; git pull; cd ..
  3. OPTIONAL: Create your custom kickstart file my-test-day.ks, if you need some changes from the default configuration:
    %include spin-kickstarts/custom/qa-test-day.ks
    # Redefine repos as you need (e.g. point it to local mirror with --baseurl, etc)
    #repo --name=fedora --baseurl=file:/mnt/globalsync/fedora/linux/development/$releasever/$basearch/os/
    #repo --name=updates --baseurl=file:/mnt/globalsync/fedora/linux/updates/$releasever/$basearch/
    # You can also enable updates-testing if you need. Use --baseurl to point to a particular mirror, see above.
    #repo --name=updates-testing --mirrorlist=$releasever&arch=$basearch
    # Provide list of packages to be added or removed - dependencies are handled
    # Put any shell commands here, they will be executed in a chrooted environment

    More kickstart documentation is available at Anaconda/Kickstart.

  4. Create the live image:
    livecd-creator -c spin-kickstarts/custom/qa-test-day.ks --releasever 29 --cache /var/cache/live -f testday-YYYY-MM-DD

    (of course replace spin-kickstarts/custom/qa-test-day.ks with my-test-day.ks if you have created your custom kickstart file)

    Different architecture
    You can use setarch command to create a x86 Live CD/DVD on a x86_64 system. Example: setarch i686 livecd-creator <...>

Solving problems

Anaconda dependencies broken

Sometimes the image can't be built because of broken package dependencies. You may solve the problem by removing anaconda package. Anaconda requires a lot of dependencies and it may very often be the culprit. To remove anaconda you just put -anaconda line in the %packages section.

SELinux complaints

For building Test Days LiveCD you must have SELinux installed and enabled. Ideally it should be in the enforcing mode and everything should run fine. In case you have problems with that, you may switch the mode temporarily into permissive mode with this command run as root:

setenforce 0

If that doesn't help, you may also modify your my-test-day.ks kickstart file and after %include line add a directive

selinux --permissive

(Note: Due to RHBZ #547152 you may also need to add /usr/sbin/lokkit inside %packages.)

Now the build should run fine.

Further references