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Debian MySQL Bash Script Auto-Installer

Hi all,
I am attempting to use a bash script to install mysql on a debian/ubuntu VPS from the node side, During the install you are given a few options for which ive tried to use "EXPECT" to over-ride.

Here are my scripts

installsql.sh...
        cd /exapps
        echo "=============== APT-UPDATE =================="
        ./apt-update.exp "$VEID" "N"
        /usr/sbin/vzctl exec $VEID apt-get -q -y upgrade

        cd /exapps
        echo "=============== SQL INSTALL ==================="
        ./sqlinstall.exp "$VEID" "$SQLPASS"

The first one (apt-update.exp)
is this code:
#!/usr/bin/expect --
#
#
spawn /usr/sbin/vzctl exec [lindex $argv 0] apt-get update
expect ?
send [lindex $argv 1]\r
wait
exit 0

And this code simply answers "N" to a prompt to update a vendor distribution file update.

Then my final file, "sqlinstall.exp" performs the install expecting :  for root passwords in both mysql-server and mysql-server5.1 installers.

#!/usr/bin/expect --
#
#
spawn /usr/sbin/vzctl exec [lindex $argv 0] apt-get install -y mysql-server*
expect :
send [lindex $argv 1]\r
expect :
send [lindex $argv 1]\r
expect :
send [lindex $argv 1]\r
expect :
send [lindex $argv 1]\r
wait
exit 0



My problem is when running the script i am getting this error:

=============== APT-UPDATE ==================
spawn /usr/sbin/vzctl exec 103 apt-get update
send: spawn id exp5 not open
    while executing
"send [lindex $argv 1]\r"
    (file "./apt-update.exp" line 7)
=============== SQL INSTALL ===================
spawn /usr/sbin/vzctl exec 103 apt-get install -y mysql-server*
send: spawn id exp5 not open
    while executing
"send [lindex $argv 1]\r"
    (file "./sqlinstall.exp" line 6)


And ive checked and double checked 100% all of the areguments are working as they should!
Please help me here its driving me insane!
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Hi, a better way would be to preseed the answers to the debconf configuration database, then the installation goes on without any questions asked.

Read here about preseeding (for installations and later on package installations with debconf-(get|set)-selections:
https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/installation-guide/i386/preseed-contents.html
https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/installation-guide/i386/preseed-creating.html

The documentation is for ubuntu but applies as well to debian, you can find this documentation surely on the debian documentation sites as well.

best regards

Ray
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Hi Ray,
I considered this already however my commands need to be passed via /vzctl as this is operated from the NODE to the VPS

And in doing so using debconf doesn't work, ot at least in none of my attempts it hasnt worked.
hmm, just a thought, can't you do it via SSH?


but what you should be able to do is the following:

cat debconf-answerfile-mysql.cnf | sudo vzctl exec 1136 "cat - > /tmp/debconffile"
sudo vzctl exec 1136 "debconf-set-selections < /tmp/debconffile"


I just tested it with cat'ing text inside a file and put out a the content inside a VPS with those commands and it works, so you should be able to transfer the preseed answer into the vps and set them to debconf, what I tested was:


echo "lalala" > /tmp/testfile
cat /tmp/testfile | sudo vzctl exec 1136 "cat - > /tmp/testfileVPS"
sudo vzctl exec 1136 "cat < /tmp/testfileVPS"
lalala

Or are there other problems preventing you from using io-redirection?

I think the expect will not work because I am not sure if vzctl creates the necessary stdio environment for expect, but I can be terribly wrong on this one.

best
I dont think the client will be happy with using a "Low Jack" method such as logging in via SSH and performing the install using expect.
ah, and then there is       --trivial-only  parameter for apt-get, in the man page it says it is related to -y, but will answer no, so this could be the answer for your first expect script.

best
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