26.6. Parameters for Kickstart Installations

The following parameters can be defined in a parameter file but do not work in a CMS configuration file.
ks=URL
References a kickstart file, which usually resides on the network for Linux installations on System z. Replace URL with the full path including the file name of the kickstart file. This parameter activates automatic installation with kickstart. Refer to Section 28.4, “Automating the Installation with Kickstart” and Section 32.10, “Starting a Kickstart Installation” for more details.]
RUNKS=value
Where value is defined as 1 if you want to run the loader automatically on the Linux console without having to log in over the network with SSH. To use RUNKS=1, the console must either support full-screen or the cmdline option below should be used. The latter applies for the 3270 terminal under z/VM or the operating system messages console for LPAR. We recommend RUNKS=1 for fully automatic installations with kickstart. When RUNKS=1 is set, linuxrc automatically continues in case of parameter errors and does not interrupt unattended installations by prompting for user interaction.
Leave out the parameter or specify RUNKS=0 otherwise.
cmdline
When cmdline is specified, output on line-mode terminals (such as 3270 under z/VM or operating system messages for LPAR) becomes readable, as the installer disables escape terminal sequences that are only applicable to UNIX-like consoles. This requires installation with a kickstart file that answers all questions, since the installer does not support interactive user input in cmdline mode.
Ensure that your kickstart file contains all required parameters before you use either the RUNKS or cmdline options. Refer to Chapter 32, Kickstart Installations for details.