loading network modules before install?

Michael Tautschnig mt at debian.org
Mon May 4 20:52:01 CEST 2009

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> Hi All:
> I was wondering if there is a way to get network module loaded on a box before FAI starts its install. We have a new set of motherboards where Im having to compile the intel e1000e and igx drivers in order for Debian to see the network interfaces. Obviously, FAI cant install without a network interface. Though the PXE boot in the beginning works just fine, it's when the NFS mount needs to be made where the issue lies. 
> If not whats the proper way to create an initrd/vmlinuz image so that upon boot the interface comes up and the image is compatible so it can run the proper live/scripts?

My usual approach is: Build a proper Debian package for your (patched?) kernels
and install that into the NFSROOT (chroot into it, dpkg -i <kernel-deb>) and
copy the kernel binary and the initrd over to the PXE/TFTP area.


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