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Applies to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4

B Advanced Linuxrc Options

Linuxrc is a program used for setting up the kernel for installation purposes. It allows the user to load modules, start an installed system, a rescue system or an installation via YaST.

Linuxrc is designed to be as small as possible. Therefore, all needed programs are linked directly into one binary. So there is no need for shared libraries in the initdisk.


If you run Linuxrc on an installed system, it will work slightly differently so as not to destroy your installation. As a consequence you cannot test all features this way.

B.1 Passing parameters to Linuxrc

Unless Linuxrc is in manual mode, it will look for an info file in these locations: first /info on the floppy disk and if that does not exist, for /info in the initrd. After that it parses the kernel command line for parameters. You may change the info file Linuxrc reads by setting the info command line parameter. If you do not want Linuxrc to read the kernel command line (e.g. because you need to specify a kernel parameter that Linuxrc recognizes as well), use linuxrc=nocmdline.

Note: Change since SUSE Linux 10.2

The info file is no longer implicitly read. You have to make it explicit, like 'info=floppy:/info'.

Linuxrc will always look for and parse a file /linuxrc.config. Use this file to change default values if you need to. In general, it is better to use the info file instead. Note that /linuxrc.config is read before any info file, even in manual mode.

B.2 info file format

Lines starting with '#' are comments, valid entries are of the form:

key: value

Note that value extends to the end of the line and therefore may contain spaces. key is matched case insensitive.

You can use the same key-value pairs on the kernel command line using the syntax key=value. Lines that do not have the form described above are ignored.

The table below lists Valid keys. The given values are only examples.

Table B.1: Advanced linuxrc keywords



Language: de_DE

set the language

Keytable: de-lat1-nd

load this keytable

Display: Color|Mono|Alt

set the menu color scheme

Install: nfs://server/install/8.0-i386

install via NFS from server (note: you can give username, password etc. in the URL, too)

InstMode: cd|hd|nfs|smb|ftp|http|tftp

set installation mode


the client ip address


network mask




installation server address




proxy (either ftp or http)


proxy port

Partition: hda1

partition with install sources for hard disk install

Serverdir: /install/8.0-i386

base directory of the installation sources

Netdevice: eth0

network interface to use

BOOTPWait: 5

sleep 5 seconds between network activation and starting bootp

BOOTPTimeout: 10

10 seconds timeout for BOOTP requests

DHCPTimeout: 60

60 seconds timeout for DHCP requests

TFTPTimeout: 10

10 seconds timeout for TFTP connection

ForceRootimage: 0|1

load the installation system into RAM disk

Textmode: 0|1

start YaST in text mode

Username: name

set username (e.g. for FTP install)

Password: password

set password (e.g. for FTP install)

WorkDomain: domain

set work domain for SMB install

ForceInsmod: 0|1

use '-f' option when running insmod

DHCP: 0|1

start DHCP daemon now, but see UseDHCP

UseDHCP: 0|1

use DHCP instead of BOOTP (DHCP is default)

vlan: VLANID

set a VLANID to enable 802.1q tagged VLAN support

MemLimit: 10000

ask for swap if free memory drops below 10000 kB

MemYaST: 20000

run YaST in text mode if free memory is below 20000 kB

MemYaSTText: 10000

ask for swap before starting YaST if free memory is below 10000 kB

MemModules: 20000

delete all modules before starting YaST if free memory is below 20000 kB

MemLoadImage: 50000

load installation system into RAM disk if free memory is above 50000 kB

Manual: 0|1

start Linuxrc in manual mode


do not start card manager

Domain: zap.de

set domain name (used for name server lookups)

RootImage: /suse/images/root

installation system image

RescueImage: /suse/images/rescue

rescue system image

InstallDir: /suse/inst-sys

installation system

Rescue: 1|nfs://server/dir

load rescue system; the URL variant specifies the location of the rescue image explicitly

AutoYaST: ftp://autoyastfile

location of autoinstall file; activates autoinstall mode

VNC: 0|1

setup VNC server

VNCPassword: password

sets VNC server password

UseSSH: 0|1

setup SSH server

SSHPassword: password

sets SSH server password (this will not be the final root password!)

AddSwap: 0|3|/dev/hda5

if 0, never ask for swap; if the argument is a positive number n, activate the n'th swap partition; if the argument is a partition name, activate this swap partition

Exec: command

run command

USBWait: 4

wait 4 seconds after loading USB modules

Insmod: module params

load this module


Enable remove logging via syslog


overrides the confirm parameter in a profile and requests confirmation of installation proposal (available since SUSE Linux 10.1/SLES10)

B.3 Advanced Network Setup

The netsetup keyword allows advanced network configurations and enables dialogs to setup the network where required.

  • netsetup=1

    the normal network setup questions

  • netsetup=xxx,yyy

    only xxx and yyy

  • netsetup=+xxx,-yyy

    default, additionally xxx, but not yyy

netsetup can have the following values: dhcp, hostip, gateway, netmask, nameserver. nameserverN asks for N nameservers (max. 4).

For example, the following can be entered on the command line:

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