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I was able to solve this by doing the following: Place the kickstart file at the top of the isolinux directory and make sure it is named ks.cfg my isolinux.cfg file looks like this: label linux menu label ^Install CentOS 7 kernel vmlinuz append initrd=initrd.img inst.ks=hd:LABEL=CentOS\x207\x20x86_64:/isolinux/ks.cfg inst.stage2=hd:LABEL=CentOS\x207\...


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The CentOS 7 anaconda "repo" command supports --install, which installs the repo information on the system being built: https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/7/html/Installation_Guide/sect-kickstart-syntax.html


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Thanks to Pat for hinting me the fact that every distro uses other setup parameters, and not just the kernel parameters. Apparently the kernel parameters were passed through as seen in cat /proc/cmdline but the debian-installer is not using the kernel parameters to kickstart the setup. It is using netcfg in this format: default cli label cli menu ...


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Even when CentOS and Ubuntu both use the kickstart technology it does not mean their booting parameters (append) are identical. Please consider some append parameters are read by the kernel but others are read by the corresponding initrd init script (and descendants) and thus the differences you can see from one distro to the other one. You should look for ...



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