auto_inst: the best kept Mandriva’s secret ?

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Have you ever tried to automatically installed your Linux distribution ? Of course, if you’re a long time sysadmin, and Red Hat user, you use kickstart, or FAI if you happen to be a Debian fan.

But if you’re a Mandriva user, like myself, you also have a great tool to achieve the same goal: auto_inst.

What ? You were not aware ! Well, not so surprising seeing the lack of documentation around that tool, since nearly the begining. Mandriva has been lucky enough to have a contributor, David Eastcott, who published and updated for a couple of years a good auto_inst guide. It has been my bible, when I first looked at it, and found it very detailed and useful, even if I never understood why Mandriva didn’t make more noise about it (they have it as a package drakx-autoinstall-doc included in the official documentation).

But the problem is that this documentation is 6 years old now !