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remembering package selection in RedHat

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I'm a bit of a Red Hat rookie, but pretty familiar with computers. I've done a number of RH installs over the last couple years and have found one thing really annoying: going through every single package and deciding individually which I want and which I don't. I pretty much already know what I want, but I have to look for everything with each install. Is there any way that once I've selected all the packages that I want I can somehow save this config like to a floppy or something then the next time I'm installing RH, just pop in this floppy and have that config pop up?  Then when my personal default config has popped up I can finalize a few of the packages I want on that system that are specific to the machine. Hopefully this thing checks for all the dependencies before saving the config :)  thanks for your help and ttyl,

mich

post script - I'll be doing RH 7.1 installs in the future from now on. The last one I actually did was a RH 7.0 install.
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I don't know of a way to "load a saved config" into the install process, but you can set up a 'kickstart' that will automate the entire install. The process is documented in the RedHat manuals.
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that sounds like it might be along the path I'm looking for... with this automation are the packages pre-selected? Would you happen to know, off hand, a URL for this documentation? I have a RH 6 manuals somewhere, but the rest of my books are third party references and "power"-type books. thanks!
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The basic idea behind Kickstart is that you configure one system manually the way you want it. Using that system you make a Kickstart floppy that will recreate that exact system, except for the network and hostname config. It looks like the manual that you want is the RedHat 7.0 Reference Guide, Appendix 7. Interestingly enough, it doesn't look like that made it into the 7.1 manuals. You can see the manual on-line at http://www.redhat.com/support/manuals/RHL-7-Manual/ref-guide/ch-kickstart2.html
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Excellent. That looks like it's exactly what I'm looking for. I increased the points 'cause since I'm not smart enough to read the manual first, I deserve to part with some extra points. It's even right here in my 6.0 Installation Guide. Thanks so much for your help.

mich
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