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daemoch
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Netinstall

Post by daemoch » 2020/01/17 18:00:03

Suggestion:
Can we make this page easier to find for idiots like myself that are considering netinstalls?
https://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/PXE/InternetInstallation

I'd suggest any netinstalls links go there first, and then continue on to the repo being requested (with a big red "You've been warned!" button). I'm NOT a web dev or site builder, so if this is a pain to do, feel free to tell me so.

At anyrate, thanks for a great product. Its a definite change from my Mint machines....here's to learning curves! ;)
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Re: Netinstall

Post by TrevorH » 2020/01/17 18:35:45

That page can basically be summarized as: don't do netinstalls from mirrors that are not local to you as the network code in the installer is very fragile and blows up on a regular basis if there are network problems.

The netinstall.iso (now renamed back to boot.iso in CentOS 8) contains no packages, it only contains the installer and then needs a pointer to a network based full repo. If your network connection is even slightly flakey then it will probably blow up and you'll need to start again. If you want to do a network based install then also see the wiki article on how to create your own local mirror. Or just use the full DVD.
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Re: Netinstall

Post by daemoch » 2020/01/17 21:45:06

That makes sense. I'd still put something like that more in a user's face, but that's just my two cents.

With the number of wipes and re-installs I do locally, I'll be taking your advice. Thank you.

For anyone looking at this thread, I believe this is the article referenced:
https://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/CreateLocalMirror
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