Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 588608
Missing/Removed system-config-netboot tool from RHEL6 beta
Last modified: 2016-06-17 17:05:45 EDT
Description of problem:
The release notes state that RHEL6 has removed the system-config-netboot tool with no replacement. There is a suggestion to look into cobbler. We have been using the NFSRoot features of system-config-netboot for 4-5 years now through RHEL4 and into RHEL5. It is very concerning to see RHEL6 setup to leave my department with no solution for this need. This is not the first time RedHat has set to remove this tool, it was removed for a time from RHEL5 but through voices of customers it was added back in with a commitment to insure RedHat users would have this tool or an equivalent one to takes its place so that there was a smooth migration path from one redhat release to the next. Stateless linux, the ever work in progress that it is, was advertised as where RHEL5 saw things going so system-config-netboot was kind of in a limp by mode which was still fine as it did its job for us, NFSRoot, very well. Again now we are left with no path to stick with RHEL6 unless we wish to roll our own and this takes away from the value of this distribution that we pay $ for. Please reconsider!
I'm sure my selection of the component is not correct but there was no other means clearly setup in bugzilla to report an issue for a "missing" package. So I tied it to the release notes that at least lists this as a removed package and hence my report in the first place.
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I see that the "keyword" futurefeature was added to this ticket. What does that mean exactly?
Essentially, 'a request for a new package'.
While the setup is more complex, the dracut initramfs *does* supoprt NFS root booting.
Brian, we're going to add more detail in the doc around how to accomplish the tasks that s-c-netboot was used for. You can review it in the Technical Note field in this bugzilla if you'd like. Sorry, we just can't add the package back.
Note about this bug being closed: refer to current bug 607544.