Preupgrading headless remote systems

Robert Myers rbmyersusa at
Fri Nov 5 20:39:50 UTC 2010

On Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 8:44 AM, Steve Berg <sberg at> wrote:
> So far I've had very good luck with preupgrade for 12 to 14 and 13 to 14
> systems.  There's one annoyance that is causing me some headache.  I have
> a couple of systems that are headless and remote that I'd like to do a
> preupgrade on but I can't seem to get things started without some local
> keyboard interaction.
> I need let preupgrade and/or anaconda know that it's supposed to use eth0
> (some systems have more than one NIC).  And I need to specify the language
> and keyboard layouts from within preupgrade and or the grub entry that
> launches the upgrade.
> Currently I run preupgrade and then manually tweak /boot/grub/grub.conf to
> load the 14 installer automatically with a vnc session waiting for a
> connection.  But this only happens after I locally tell the system to use
> English, a US keyboard and (sometimes) eth0.  It's causing me to hold off
> on upgrading some systems until I can prove that I can get the 14
> installer to launch all the way into the VNC session being ready with no
> local interaction necessary.

Maybe I'm missing something:

>From a computer with ssh and an X-server:

$ssh -X
$me at su
#root at preupgrade


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