Helper scripts

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Jan Jansen sent me an interesting tool that should help with management of the FAI configdir get the file

his mail:

As long as there were no responses to this posting, i don't dealed with
this idea (GPL) but if some user would find it usefull that would be
also nice for me because i don't have that much time anymore now to fix
all known (and probably unknown) bugs alone. A problem could also be the
currently, only with shell-options available, documentation.
So i post some hints here:
- if a file doc/<class> exists in your fairep, it will be shown as
class-description in info mode
- new script styles ([0-9][0-9]-*) can cause little errors
- some extravagant string values can cause qouting errors (shell
- create mode not fully funtional

Unzip the archive to a directory and adjust the lib and tmp paths in
file 'ftool' to the right place. Now the script should be funtional.
Keep attention to test it the first times with a copy of your repository
to not destroy your classes/files in case of missusing or unexpected
errors (which hopefully aren't that much).

FAIlint a lint checker for FAI. (detects common mistakes)

FAI development and testing helpers

I created some scripts that help setting up a FAI developemnt environment, and running builds and tests in there. At the moment it's mostly about creating fai-cd's and testing them in a qemu vm. Eventually I will add functions for network installation testing with a real hardware host and a qemu client, as well as testing network install with a qemu hist and a qemu client. I am quite interested if someboy finds them useful, they are in subversion:

--lazyboy 11:12, 21 Oct 2005 (CEST)

fast fai-cd creation script

when developing a new fai-cd it can happen that you need to create new fai-cd's very often. It gets annoying that you always need to delete fai-mirror and the old image... unless you use a script like this (change your tmp path for image and mirror):



DATE=`date +%Y-%m-%d_%h-%M-%S`

if [ -z $1 ];then
  echo "using default cdimage location $CDIMAGE"

if [ -z $FAI_MIRROR_LOCATION ]; then
  echo "error - FAI_MIRROR_LOCATION is empty - exiting"
  exit 1
  echo "cleaning up fai-mirror at $FAI_MIRROR_LOCATION"


fai-mirror -a $FAI_MIRROR_LOCATION

CDIMAGE_BACKUP=${CDIMAGE}_bak_date +%Y-%m-%d_%h-%M-%S

if [ -f $CDIMAGE ];then
  echo "moving old cd image to $CDIMAGE_BACKUP"


--lazyboy 10:59, 5 Jan 2006 (CET)

turn kernel bootprompt parameters into classes

Every kernel parameter after the -- separator is changed to uppercase and used as a classname.

class/35-bootprompt :

# this will define classes from all kernel parameters that
# appear after a parameter '--', as defined in $separator
use strict;
use warnings;

my $separator = '--';

my $seen;
foreach ( split /\s+/, `cat /proc/cmdline` )
  if ( $_ eq $separator )
    $seen = 1;
  next unless $seen;
  print uc $_, "\n"
    if m/^\w+$/;

--Ingo Wichmann / Linuxhotel 17 Jan 2006 (CET)

Define a class for a list of hosts

This makes it easy to maintain lists of hosts that should share a class.

Just write a list into a file $FAI_CONFIG/class/FOO.list and it will define your (arbitrary) class FOO for each host that appears in that file.

Thus, a new class GRONK is created and defined for hosts zapp and whirr by simply creating a file GRONK.list that looks like this


class/55-host-lists :

# checks for an appearance of this host's name in each list and, if it
# finds this host in any of the lists, will print the name of the
# list (without the postfix '.list')
for thislist in *.list ; do
	thisclass=$(basename $thislist .list)
	egrep -q "\<$HOSTNAME\>" $thislist && echo $thisclass

--sanso 14:27, 30 Aug 2006 (CEST)


Update the FAI config space according to the changes on the running FAI server. produces a shell script so that this tool can be run on any host installed with FAI. the resulting shell script can be used to update the configuration space. For now, only the FAI server config can be updated, as the clients do not have write permission to the FAI config space on the server.


#! /bin/sh
# fai-conf-update
# script to update the FAI configspace based on FAI Classes.
# ToDo:
# - update of the package config
# - flags to change output: output in patch form.
# - tesing of installscripts with the new config on the running installserver
# FixMe:
# -ugly grep after the find. 

CLASSES=`cat /var/log/fai/localhost/last/FAI_CLASSES`

if [ -f $SHELLSCRIPT ]; then
    echo "$SHELLSCRIPT exists, aborting."
    exit 1

# Loop through the classes

for i in $CLASSES; do

#    Find the config files, strip off the class name in the end
#    loop through the files

    for j in `find $FAI_CONFIGSPACE/files -type f -name ".svn" -prune -o -name $i -print | grep -v \.svn`; do
	name=`echo $j | sed "s#$FAI_CONFIGSPACE/files##"| sed s/\\\/$i//`

	if [ -f $name ]; then
	    if  ! diff -q $name $j  >& /dev/null ; then
		echo "class $i needs update from $name to $j"
		echo "cp $name $j" >> $SHELLSCRIPT
	    if [ ! -f $name ]; then
		echo file "$name is not existing on this machine, removing it from the config space"
		echo "rm $j" >> $SHELLSCRIPT


echo "review the results in $SHELLSCRIPT and run it to actually update the FAI config space."

I consider this to be a neat thing together with fai-cd: Install your server with FAI. Run the server. As needs change with time, the config files need to be updated. run fai-cd, the result will be a clone of the old server which is adapted to new hardware with FAI. This script is a starter to do this automatically, see the FixMe and ToDo in the script. Could result in a kind of automatik FAI evolution. ;)

OliverOsburg 20:41, 17 Nov 2006 (CET)