FAI 3.2.20 on Ubuntu 8.04 (hardy)

Henning Sprang henning at sprang.de
Tue Aug 11 10:40:00 CEST 2009

Hi Garb,

I have no real solution, but try to give you some hints at least:
I don't know about the exact state of FAI packages for Ubuntu Servers,
as I'm still using Ubuntu on Desktop machines only.

Garb Dowle wrote:
> currently I have FAI 3.2.4+svn4837-0ubuntu2 installed on Ubuntu 8.04
> Server. I managed to set it up so that I can successfully install Ubuntu
> 8.04 clients with PXE.
> Now I need support for LVM, and I think this version of FAI doesn't
> support LVM.

Right, this version doesn't. But it sounds a bit odd that

> I would like to install FAI 3.2.20 on my Ubuntu 8.04 Server, so that I
> can use "setup-storage" rather than "setup_harddisks", but I don't know
> how to do it.
> I tried to download and install the deb-packages for this version, but I
> got a list of dependency errors, that I can't resolve (can't install
> package "syslinux-common").

Sure, the dependencies are made for packages on Debian - Ubuntu has
quite a bit of differences in package availability and naming.

> So how can I use setup-storage with LVM support in Ubuntu 8.04?

Installing Ubuntu from a Debian server runs quite smooth - so that could
be one option.

Apart from that, you could search the mail archive and see what others
report about using Ubuntu as a FAI server.

Maybe you can just try to use the FAI packages from a newer Ubuntu
version. Or you can try to use the setup-storage programs by calling
them in a hook. Or, probably the path with the most work, you could take
the newest FAI sources from SVN and try to fix the differences in the

All of them can be quite a bit of work.

I'm not really happy that FAI doesn't properly to be run on Ubuntu as a
server - but I have not enough time to take on the necessary work top
change this.


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