I have a kickstart based DVD that I want to use to setup a few identicat servers. The DVD is an exact copy of a RHEL iso image, with the addition of a directory named "custom". Under that directory, I have some scripts and some jpgs that I want to copy to each server.

In the kickstart file, in the %post --nochroot section, I copy all those files to their final location as:

 cp -f /custom/script1.sh /mnt/sysimage/usr/local/bin/
 cp -f /custom/script2.sh /mnt/sysimage/usr/local/bin/
 cp -f /custom/script3.sh /mnt/sysimage/usr/local/bin/

 cp -f /custom/image1.jpg /mnt/sysimage/usr/local/<myapp>
 cp -f /custom/image2.jpg /mnt/sysimage/usr/local/<myapp>
 cp -f /custom/image3.jpg /mnt/sysimage/usr/local/<myapp>

However, the ks.log file says that the /custom directory does exists!

So, how do I copy files from installation DVD to the new system?

  • 2
    The DVD is almost certainly mounted somewhere other than root (maybe /mnt/cdrom or something). I'm not familiar with Kickstart so I couldn't say where, but someone around probably knows...
    – Chris S
    Jul 11, 2013 at 13:55
  • I can't check right now, but you could switch over to a shell running on a virtual console during Kickstart and look. (CTRL+ALT+F1 - CTRL+ALT+F5) Jul 11, 2013 at 15:56
  • I don't believe that this is not documented somewhere!
    – Peter
    Jul 11, 2013 at 18:16

1 Answer 1


OK, I found it. Red Hat/Centos, mount the installation media in the /mnt/source directory. So in order to copy my files, I changed the commands to:

%post --nochroot s
cp -f /mnt/source/custom/script1.sh /mnt/sysimage/usr/local/bin/
  • What version of RHEL were you using? I'm trying something similar with RHEL 6.3 and I don't see a /mnt/source when I use --nochroot.
    – Burhan Ali
    Aug 7, 2013 at 10:15
  • My version is 6.3 too.
    – Peter
    Aug 20, 2013 at 8:27
  • Thanks. I subsequently discovered that /mnt/source is there if you are using a DVD. I was using a USB key at the time and it doesn't exist for that.
    – Burhan Ali
    Aug 20, 2013 at 9:26
  • And, where is it?
    – Peter
    Aug 20, 2013 at 9:29
  • It doesn't exist at all as far as I could see. There is a /mnt/isodir directory which contains the ISO and I had to resort to manually mounting this ISO to gain access to the contents of the DVD. I don't know if that's the "right" approach but it's what I ended up doing.
    – Burhan Ali
    Aug 20, 2013 at 9:31

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