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Langue: en

Version: 25 july 2010 (ubuntu - 25/10/10)

Section: 8 (Commandes administrateur)


fai-cd - make a bootable CD-ROM or USB stick that performs an FAI


fai-cd [OPTION] -B FILE


This command creates a bootable ISO CD-ROM image that performs the fully automatic installation from CD-ROM without an install server. The ISO image will be written to FILE. To create the image, the command needs the NFSROOT, the configuration space and a partial mirror, which is created by fai-mirror. The command can also copy all needed data to DIRECTORY on a mounted USB stick.


Create a boot only ISO image which does a network installation. It does not the nfsroot, the partitial mirror and the config space. Unless the option -g is used, /usr/share/fai/menu.lst will be used as boot menu configuration.
After creating the ISO image burn it by calling cdrecord(1).
Use CFDIR as the configuration directory. Default is /etc/fai. You can also set the environment variable FAI_ETC_DIR.
Force removal of an existing ISO image before creating a new one.
Use INTEGER as version number for grub boot loader. By default, grub2 (grub-pc) is used. fai-cd tries to find the named grub version in NFSROOT first. If this version is not installed, it downloads the appropriate grub package and uses these files without acutally installing it.
Use FILE as grub grub.cfg/menu.lst file. The script will look for FILE in CFDIR. If FILE is located in another directory then a full path must be specified. If not specified, use /etc/fai/grub.cfg for grub2 or /etc/fai/menu.lst for grub1.
Specify which grub version should be used. Either 1 or 2, the default is 2.
Show simple help and version.
Do not hide directories. Using this option will consume 220MB more disk space on your media. By default, some directories like man pages and locales are hidden and will not be put onto the CD or the USB stick.
Keep the temporary filesystem for debugging. The script will sleep for a long time, before continuing the cleanup of temp files and mounts. Beware of killing or suspending the script itself, since a lot of mounts will remain. This is for debugging only!
Use DIRECTORY as partial FAI mirror. This option is mandatory.
No ISO image. Do not call mkisofs to create the ISO image. This is for creating the filesystem only. Useful for writing it to a USB stick.
Create a bootable USB stick. The USB stick must be mounted on DIRECTORY before you run fai-cd. Copies all FAI-CD data to DIRECTORY and try to install grub onto its device. Currently the file system on the USB stick must be ext2. USUALLY THIS WILL ERASE ALL DATA ON YOUR USB-STICK!


After you've created a mirror with fai-mirror in /media/mirror, you can create a CD using:

   # fai-cd -m /media/mirror fai-cd.iso

If you want to create a bootable USB stick, create an ext2 file system on your stick, mount it to /media/usbstick and call

   # fai-cd -m /media/mirror -u /media/usbstick
   # umount /media/usbstick


This program is part of FAI (Fully Automatic Installation). The FAI homepage is


The FAI configuration file.
The default grub2 menu configuration file for fai-cd.
The default grub1 menu configuration file for fai-cd.
The default grub2 menu configuration file when using -B.
The default grub1 menu configuration file when using -B.


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