The kickstart file is a simple text file, containing a list of
items, each identified by a keyword. You can create it by editing a
copy of the sample.ks file found in the
RH-DOCS directory of the Red Hat
Enterprise Linux Documentation CD, using the Kickstart Configurator application, or writing it
from scratch. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation program
also creates a sample kickstart file based on the options that you
selected during installation. It is written to the file /root/anaconda-ks.cfg. You should be able to edit
it with any text editor or word processor that can save files as
First, be aware of the following issues when you are creating
your kickstart file:
Sections must be specified in order.
Items within the sections do not have to be in a specific order
unless otherwise specified. The section order is:
Items that are not required can be omitted.
Omitting any required item results in the installation program
prompting the user for an answer to the related item, just as the
user would be prompted during a typical installation. Once the
answer is given, the installation continues unattended (unless it
finds another missing item).
Lines starting with a pound sign (#) are treated as comments and
For kickstart upgrades, the following
items are required:
If any other items are specified for an upgrade, those items are
ignored (note that this includes package selection).