How to prevent new installations when I have already installed my client through LAN boot?

Ivan Reche ivan.reche at
Mon Feb 6 17:30:46 CET 2012

2012/2/6 Andreas Schockenhoff <asc at>

> Dear Ivan,
> Am Sonntag, den 05.02.2012, 20:41 -0200 schrieb Ivan Reche:
> > I'm using FAI to automatically install Debian Squeeze in a laptop of
> > mine. I've been able to do everything that I wanted by reading the
> > documentation, except for one thing: every time the installation
> > finishes (and the system reboots automatically, as I ask it to), the
> > recently installed client boots again through the LAN (as expected)
> > but begins the installation process again (something that I want to
> > avoid).
> > Is there an automatic way to make the client prevent itself from
> > reinstalling after the first install? I want it to install itself
> > again only if needed using the fai-chboot program, but not every time.
> I use a different way: I have the hard disk as first boot device and
> after deleting the hard disk with dd. Next reboot the BIOS skip the hard
> disk and a fai netboot installs a new system.
> Some BIOS also have a key to select the boot device from list.
> regards Andreas
How come I haven't thought about this? lol

Thanks for the tips. However, I'm gonna try the hook way of doing things as
I might need them afterwards.
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