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InterceptorF
@InterceptorF
So instead of trying to import the the custom debian kernel I used 'cobbler distro add' instead and it took it. It still is not completing the install but at leaset it gets to a message stating "No root device specified. Boot arguments must include a root= parameter". Not sure where I would add that .
Chang-Yi Lee
@cy-lee
Hello, does anyone tried import/install VMware ESXi 6.7/7.x using Cobbler 3.2.2 ?
Chang-Yi Lee
@cy-lee
I filed an issue cobbler/cobbler#2889
fluffyrodent
@fluffyrodent:matrix.org
[m]

I have a question regarding the use of mkgrub.sh.

I am establishing an AlmaLinux 8.5 Cobbler server to auto install CentOS 7 machines - legacy boot, EFI boot and EFI with Secure Boot enabled each on bare metal and on HyperV.

I can't get grub.0 or grubx64.efi to get past loading the NBP , they just load it and bomb out to the grub> prompt.

I've installed the grub2 modules for the legacy and EFI scenarios - grub2-pc-modules and grub2-efi-x64-modules (efibootmgr is already present and I havent got to shim yet so forget that right now)

mkgrub does make the necessary -o output files (I don't care about other architectures)

My questions are

Should I be running it on a centos7 machine (target) or on the AlmaLinux server? Presently I am running on the AlmaLinux server as I figured that were probably close enough and it appears to be trying to work.

Secondly while the $SYSLINUX dir in the script default is fine , the $GRUB2_MOD_DIR default is not present in AlmaLinux (usr/share/grub2) only /usr/share/grub , however strangely the script as I said does work even so. Should I install some other modules?

Pardon my ignorance. Not a developer, a sysadmin (grey line these days)

Cobbler 3.2.2 from epel-release vanilla btw, with all dnf updates
Xavier Bachelot
@xavierba
HI there, I've been pestering devs with more or less correct PRs in the last few days, in the hope to get my own itches scratched in the upcoming 3.3.1 release. So far, so good, they're getting merged or are going to, so they should not be all that bad ;-)
However, since then, I discovered 3.3 lacks a web interface, which is likely a show stopper for me.
and this is also a showstopper for the EPEL maintainer of cobbler
so I have 2 questions:
  • Does the web interface removal impacts the use of the cobbler ansible module ? it makes use of the web API I think
  • is the 3.2 branch going to have more releases ? I would consider backporting some stuff from master to 3.2 if that is the case
Xavier Bachelot
@xavierba
oh, and one last, is there a status on the state of the new web interface for 3.3 somewhere ? I noticed there was no release for it yet.
munmeet
@munmeet
it's Fordiden
Xavier Bachelot
@xavierba
@SchoolGuy @heroin-moose maybe ?
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holmesb
@holmesb
Hi, fairly new to contributing to Cobbler. Does anyone know how to run the tests? Is there a testing guide doc somewhere?
consus
@consus:matrix.org
[m]
Yep
Check the wiki please
There is an article on how to run the tests
egotthold
@egotthold:matrix.org
[m]
Sooo regarding the Web Interface... It turns out Cobbler can do more then I can handle on my own. I have put a lot of time in starting to create the XMLRPC API and the API Client in Angular but so far I am not there to present something usable. However feel free to look at the Draft PR I created...
In regard to 3.2.x releases... No I haven't planned anything there because of the huge changes I made on master I personally believe that it is not reasonable to try doing a port. I would love to see more activity in fixing bugs on master so we can finally push out the next 3.3.x release.
Xavier Bachelot
@xavierba
@egotthold:matrix.org So I guess 3.3 is definitely a nogo for me and probably others, until at least http://cobbler_host/cobbler_api is usable. And if 3.2 is frozen and won't see a new release, then I'll have to lobby the EPEL maintainer to include patches, which is less likely to happen if it's not coming from upstream SCM. I do need cobbler to be able to install CentOS 6, 7, 8 and 9 and also to be able to pilot it from ansible. None of the cobbler releases matches both criterion.
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holmesb
@holmesb
"XMLRPC...so far I am not there to present something usable" - am I right to assume this means Terraform won't work with >=v3.3.0
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munmeet
@munmeet
2.7 is good fortune
Xavier Bachelot
@xavierba
@holmesb I don't know terraform apart from the name, but this is a possibility
look for something similar in terraform
Xavier Bachelot
@xavierba
something similar probably being COBBLER_URL="http://localhost:25151" in terraform
holmesb
@holmesb
Terraform looks at url = "http://cobbler.example.com/cobbler_api" @xavierba. I think that makes it XMLRPC
Xavier Bachelot
@xavierba
yeah, /cobbler_api is localhost:25151
so far, I think all I need atop of release32 branch is https://github.com/xavierba/cobbler/tree/32_backport
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I will give that a try on Thursday
Xavier Bachelot
@xavierba
there's also the broken 'cobbler get-loaders' which is annoying
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I'll probably look into it later
egotthold
@egotthold:matrix.org
[m]
But I see that the Webinterface is eagerly awaited. I will see that I put more priority in my free time onto it.
Xavier Bachelot
@xavierba
get-loaders is broken with 3.2.2, as the url from which the loaders are pulled as been removed. Unless the page has been restored since I built my new cobbler server. I had to fetch the loaders from my old cobbler server. Although I did noticed this is mentioned in a couple of places, I have not yet really looked into the discussions and patches.
holmesb
@holmesb
@xavierba, yes I'm going to try to get v3.2.x working too for the time being, and yes main obstacle is removal of loaders. Hopefully will be as simple as changing dlcontent.py's content_server = https://github.com/hbokh/cobbler-loaders per: https://github.com/cobbler/cobbler/issues/2660#issuecomment-859766544 I'll post if\when I get working, appreciate if you could do same
Xavier Bachelot
@xavierba
I completely understand that @egotthold:matrix.org rather want to move forward rather than backporting stuff, but with the current state of the webinterface and especially the xmlrpc, 3.3 is unsuitable for anyone in need of cobbler/terraform. Hence, the only hopefully temporary solution is to backport stuff to 3.2.
Xavier Bachelot
@xavierba
@holmesb I now see get-loaders has been patched out of the latest EPEL 8 package. But still I need to investigate/document how to properly set this up from the distro supplied loaders. And get the Fedora/EPEL package fixed if possible. Thanks for the links, it'll be useful.
@holmesb , I don't know what your own issues are, but here is a first try at it for my own purpose: https://github.com/xavierba/cobbler/tree/32_backport
completely untested
egotthold
@egotthold:matrix.org
[m]
@holmesb: Could you please create a bugreport in the terraform repository for this?
egotthold
@egotthold:matrix.org
[m]
Exactly this is what I am saying. And if that is the case we can very quickly change the client in a way that it doesn't leverage web-API endpoints...
munmeet
@munmeet
that's mint
Eric Chambers
@ericchambers1940
Hey Cobbler community. I believe I mentioned this back in September, but I finally got around to developing a Chef cookbook for setting up a Cobbler server using the latest version available in EPEL (flexibility may be added in the future allowing people to use their own Cobbler rpms). In it's current state, it can build a basic Cobbler server and make it ready to add and deploy systems. Future state is outlined under "To-do" in the repo's README. There's much to do and I'm enjoying working on this. https://github.com/ericchambers1940/cobbler3-cookbook
Eric Chambers
@ericchambers1940
Chef Infra is a CM tool I develop with on a daily basis. Prior to this, Cobbler cookbook development has been idle for several years. All existing Chef code was written for Cobbler 2.x.x
egotthold
@egotthold:matrix.org
[m]
@ericchambers1940: Thanks for contributing this! If you deem this production ready I would glady add it to our documentation and if you are interested in donating it to the Cobbler Namespace under a license of choice I would be very happy. But even the fact that you made it open source is superb! :)
Eric Chambers
@ericchambers1940
Absolutely! I would not deem it production ready, but will gladly keep you up to date when it is. As of now, this is a good foundation for others wanting to write their own Chef cobbler cookbook.
holmesb
@holmesb
FYI @egotthold, Terraform works fine with Cobbler v3.3.x :-) Hopefully my PRs that make the provider compatible will be merged: cobbler/terraform-provider-cobbler#10 & cobbler/cobblerclient#6
egotthold
@egotthold:matrix.org
[m]
@holmesb: Saw it. Left a comment on the first PR. Thanks a lot for both PRs! :)