Mumbling about computers

Generating a full filesystem remotely

2021-10-06 [ systems-deployment ]

Expected result

|| mbr | grub | part1 | part2 ||

Generate disk layout

$ parted .. 50% 100%

Generate part1

Create partition

$ dd if=.. of=.. count= bs/..
$ mkfs.xfs image
# mount image tmp_dst

Create partition contents

FROM centos:7.9.2009
RUN yum install -y systemd kernel

Put contents into partition

docker build -f centos7.9 -t 7.9 .
$ CONTAINER_ID=$(docker run -itd 7.9 /bin/sh)
$ docker export $CONTAINER_ID > data.tar
# sudo tar -C tmp_dst data.tar # keep uid
$ docker stop $CONTAINER_ID

Write grub/MBR

dd if=/usr/lib/grub/i386-pc/boot.img of=$DISK bs=446 count=1 conv=notrunc
dd if=core.img of=$DISK bs=512 seek=1 conv=notrunc

This leaves me with a generic image, per-host customization at install time

Installer/Delivering to a system

needs another image! as a cdrom


kvm -nographic -serial mon:stdio with 'console=ttyS0' as kernel logs

Writing image to disk utilities

Generate initrd

find . -print0 | cpio --null --create --verbose --format=newc > ../iso_src/initrd.img


      setsid cttyhack sh


pacakge into iso

genisoimage -f -q -o out.iso -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table -b isolinux/isolinux.bin -c isolinux/ iso_src/

Booting / demo