Bug 220082 - Make default DHCP VCI useful
Make default DHCP VCI useful
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: David Cantrell
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Reported: 2006-12-18 14:52 EST by Dax Kelson
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-01-05 16:00:08 EST
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Description Dax Kelson 2006-12-18 14:52:38 EST
Description of problem:

Currently the dhcpclass option can be used to manually specify a DHCP VCI. This
is very useful for many scenarios including using conditional logic in the DHCP
server to send back different kickstart files.

If would be very nice if the *default* VCI had information enough to distinguish
which version and distro and arch anaconda is about to install.

You could do this two ways. Directly specifying the distro and version, or

The direct approach might use the following:

RHEL6 i686
FC7 ppc64

An indirect approach would be just to send the full kernel version+rel plus the
arch. A very safe bet is that there will never be a Fedora and RHEL shipping
with the exact same kernel version+rel.

This indirect approach would mostly likely be easier to implement and less
fragile to breaking (think CentOS).

This indirect approach is what SUSE does, for example:

SLES10 sends:
Linux i686


SUSE 10.1 sends:
Linux i686
Comment 1 David Cantrell 2007-01-05 16:00:08 EST
I've added support for this feature in anaconda HEAD CVS.  I decided to go with
the method that SuSE uses rather than hardcoding knowledge about releases.  So
now, unless you specify a dhcpclass, anaconda will call uname(2) and send a
string built like this:

struct utsname u;
asprintf(&class, "%s %s %s", u.sysname, u.release, u.machine);

On my laptop, this reports 'Linux 2.6.18-1.2869.fc6 i686'.  This should be
sufficient to distinguish between Fedora and RHEL releases.

Thanks for the suggestion.
Comment 2 Curtis Doty 2007-01-21 02:38:12 EST
Very nice! But you just broke any DHCP servers that *already* new about
anaconda. How about a compromise so the DHCP server still knows it's anaconda?

asprintf(&dhcpclass, "anaconda-%s %s %s", kv.sysname,kv.release,kv.machine);

Which on my test machine would have produced "anaconda-Linux 2.6.19-1.2912.fc7
x86_64" and prevented me from having to further mangle the DHCP server config.
Comment 3 David Cantrell 2007-01-22 10:14:50 EST
Yeah, ok.  Done.

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