Creating a Test Day Live Image
The following steps outline how to create a Fedora live image based on current Rawhide packages for use during Test Days.
1. Install required packages:
yum install livecd-tools git
2. Download our most recent kickstart script:
git clone 'git://git.fedorahosted.org/spin-kickstarts.git' spin-kickstarts
or if you have done it in the past, just update it:
cd spin-kickstarts; git pull; cd ..
3. Create the live image:
livecd-creator -c spin-kickstarts/custom/qa-test-day.ks --cache /var/cache/live -f "testday-`date +%Y%m%d`"
Making custom changes
You can make any number of custom changes in the script. Just create a new file qa-test-day-custom.ks in the parent directory looking like this:
%include spin-kickstarts/custom/qa-test-day.ks #redefine repo to some local mirror #repo --name=rawhide --baseurl=file:/mnt/globalsync/fedora/linux/development/$basearch/os/ %packages #packageYouWant #wildcardedPackagesYouWant* #-packageYouDontWant %end %post #any shell commands %end
If you have some local mirror of Rawhide, it is recommended to redefine the repository and you will download the packages much faster than from the Internet. You can also install or uninstall any packages or run any commands in the shell.
After you have made your changes, just run the
livecd-creator and point it to your new script.
Rawhide repository broken
If current rawhide repository is broken and the livecd can't be built, and you have access to some mirror with older rawhide snapshot, create a new custom script and redefine the rawhide repository:
repo --name=rawhide --baseurl=protocol:/path-to-older-rawhide-repository/$basearch/os/
In the worst case you can base the whole livecd on Fedora 11 packages with this definition:
# not really rawhide, overriden with F11 'released' repo repo --name=rawhide --mirrorlist=http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/mirrorlist?repo=fedora-11&arch=$basearch repo --name=updates --mirrorlist=http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/mirrorlist?repo=updates-released-f11&arch=$basearch
Don't forget to comment out these lines when rawhide repository gets fixed.
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 create a custom script with
-anaconda line in the
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:
If that doesn't help, you may also modify the fedora-livecd-testday.ks file and after
%include line add a directive
Now the build should run fine.
- QA Test Day Spin
- How to create and use a Live CD
- How to write the live image to a USB stick.
- How to write the live image to a CD or DVD media.
- How to load the live image in KVM or qemu.